Archive for April, 2015


Pickling Papaya


The onion parts where the knife greets it,

Falling away in rings that pile

On the board and sting your eyes. Then

Take up the greens in a bundle,

Hold them ready for the cut,

Keeping them all together so that

They may be sliced at once

With no falling away, no defections.

Cut them fine, so that everywhere

There will be a trace of their presence.

Garlic next, the thinnest lengthwise slice

To make available the subtle tang and savor

That trumps all other flavors and makes them sing.

Then the hot peppers, their fire banked

When the seeds that contain it are removed,

Are cut in strips.

Last take the flayed papaya, undressed, revealed

In its bare flesh, running with juice

Begging to be bitten, cut into, eaten

But now merely made ready in small sections

To better absorb the flavor of its companions

Swimming in the liquor then added

Alive and changing everything to itself

Teaching the merely perishable how to last,

To become more than it might have been,

Nourishing, savory,



Vinnie Lives!

vinnie's head

My first novel, Vinnie’s Head, has been optioned for film by Blake West of United Film House.

I’m aware of the long and tortuous path to making a movie, heard all the horror stories of production hell, how few projects make it to film, etc., etc. But I’m excited to think of Johnny and Vinnie walking around on a silver screen somewhere, and am glad the book is in good hands. I can’t wait to see what they make of it.

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