My iridescent-winged "Halloween Pennants" are back, right where I knew I'd find them. Every summer, these intricate dragonflies (Celithemis eponina) welcome me into their circle for an afternoon. They always allow me to get astonishingly close. I was surprised there were so many so early. For the two years previous, I took their portraits in August. Yesterday they seemed skittish at first; they kept zipping away. But then we all relaxed into it ... and it was magic.
I'm the author of Stirring the Mirror (2007) and Teaching Bones to Fly (2003), both from Bitter Oleander Press, and Domestic Weather (2004), winner of the 2003 Uccelli Press Chapbook Contest. My writing is anthologized in No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets, PP/FF: An Anthology, Graphic Poetry, Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, and elsewhere. Additional author information and links to online work are in the sidebar. I'm also a visual artist. Except where otherwise noted, all art and photos are my work and may not be used without permission.