Breakfast Piece

Were this the seventeenth century,

Antwerp or Haarlem, this would be

a painting, this table, earthenware

cup and silver strainer,

black-handled knife, pewter plate, this

tangerine. A wedge of light

from a windowless edge would slice

the chestnut wood, closing around

each object like calyxes of flowers

in a vase removed from this table.​


In fact, it was a warm day

in December late

in the twentieth century, a day

I stood in a market looking

at tangerines that called up tile roofs

and cobble streets in any Flemish town.

And Florida or California

had been warmer still the day

a brown-skinned Mexican girl picked

this tangerine that I had picked out

and carried back to lie on this plate,

which could be pewter, next to this

knife, which could be black-handled,

and so on.

The orange of it is perfect

orange collapsed into a scar

that tattles of generality.

On this plate or in this painting
this tangerine is absolutely
what it is, select
as though it were meant to be.
And as the light
through the window shifts to reflect
the coming snow, a nimbus
of tangerine illuminates the table,
cup, strainer, knife and plate, selected
for still life by an Old Master.

Previous Readings 
Solo Poetry Reading

Solo Poetry Reading

10 February 2018, 11:00 am

Newbury Town Library

0 Lunt Street, Newbury MA 01951


Gloucester Writers Center Poetry Reading
with Wendy Drexler and Holly Guran

10 October 2018, 7:30 pm

126 East Main Street,  Gloucester, MA 01930

Joppa Flats Poetry Reading with David Davis and Ann McCrae

13 December 2017, 7:30 pm

Mass Audubon 

1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

A Celebration of Poetry:  Seven Belmont Poets

4 May 2017, 7 pm

Assembly Room

Belmont Public Library 336 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478

Amherst Poetry Festival,  1-4 October 2015

Reading: 3 October 2016, 1-7 pm

James Tate Memorial Stage

Amherst, MA 01002

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series

9 October 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Books and Bites

11 May 2015, 11 a.m.

(Rescheduled 9 February 2015 event due to weather)                              

Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478

WordThursdays Reading Series

23 July 2015, 7 p.m.

Bright Hill Press: 94 Church St; Treadwell, NY 13846


KGB Bar Reading Series

28 October 2014, 7 p.m.

85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Calliope Poetry Series 

19 October 2014, 3 p.m.

West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Highway, West Falmouth, MA 02578


Brockton Arts Poetry Series

20 September 2014, 3:45 p.m.

Fuller Craft Museum, 445 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301


Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase 

21 July 2014, 8.p.m.

Margo Jones Theater at Fair Park, 1st Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210


Massachusetts Poetry Festival

2-4 May 2014.

Poetry of the Body: WordTech Poets Read

Saturday, 3 May, 2:45-3:45

Universalist Church, 2nd Floor

211 Bridge Street, Salem, Massachusetts


Pete's Candy Store

8 April 2014, 7.30 p.m.

709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY


Porter Square Books

12 March 2014, 7 p.m.

25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 0214056


Mellow Pages Library

7 February 2014, 8 p.m.

56 Bogart Street, 1S; Brooklyn, NY


Cervena Barva Poetry Series

16 January 2014, 7 p.m.

Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Launch of Lamentation with June Bug

7 December 2013,  4-6 p.m.       

Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138