PoetAs a poet and visual artist, I seek to establish connections. My work tends to lean toward the interplay of visual and text and into the realm of visual poetry. I observe and record in order to comment on the nature of the individual, on society, history, and philosophical issues. When I write poetry I engage my inner life, and the issues that bloom from emotions and desires, what drives connections and separations, and what appeals to me. Writing, wordplay and working with text and visual art together requires sustained contemplation, which is a skill I share in my teaching. I find beauty in the ordinary. Words are ordinary, everyday objects that we can shape into the extraordinary.