Homeward Bound: A Transplant's View of Southampton

Note: This essay is from the book Southampton St. Louis: An Unconventional History. For ordering information, go to tp://www.southamptonstl.org/history. Ellen and I moved into our Southampton house on Neosho Street in April 1999. She was about seven months pregnant...

Chase the Dragon: The Uses and Misuses of Memoir

We build our lives on lies. The stories we tell about our pasts are just that–stories. We either¬†ignore the bad and romanticize the good or we ignore the good and exploit the bad. Either way, the result is less than truth. If I wrote my memoir in the traditional...

Generous to a Fault

I'm generous to a fault But it ain't no fault of mine Never gave a good goddamn 'Bout this, these, thou, or thine All I've got I gave away Never gave it any mind Yes I'm generous to a fault But it ain't no fault of mine My mama didn't raise no fool That's how it seems...

Jackie's Song

The day my brother died well they, Shut down the highway, yes they Shut down the highway, oh they Shut down the highway all day long And when I started cryin' well I Walked me a long way, yes I Walked me a long way, oh I Walked me a long way, the long way home I hear...

Fall Poem

Gold drips from barren trees Sunlight older in the afternoon Grown tired, brown leaves scatter Wind carries them where it will Winter's coming to the fields, The parks, the streets, the neighborhoods Old man huddles in his room Blanket drawn high to chest He knew a...

Write About Now

My first job as a paid writer was with the University of Missouri-Kansas City's student newspaper. I wrote for the arts section. Album reviews. Exhibit reviews. An interview with the new head of the dance program. My cult classic "MTV Hell." The editor of the arts...