My first book,
Techne’s Clearinghouse (Zoo Press), sold out its original print run of 1,000 copies, and I’m now seeking a publisher for my second book, Night Vision. Generally, I’d say my poetry mulls over the “grit and chime” of a suboptimal world. In this new collection, there are wars in the Middle East, my mother dies, and the creatures of the field are “much the worse / for having been beneath the rotor blades,” but the poems try to look for redemption. Sometimes you have to pick up a guitar or laugh at reruns of The Partridge Family. My work relies on meter and rhyme, though the poems don’t ever sound like academic exercises.
My poetry has been featured in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets and has appeared widely in magazines, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Criterion, Parnassus, The Raintown Review, Cimarron Review, and Barrow Street. My work has also appeared on line, at Poetry Daily, Kin, linebreak, The Nervous Breakdown, YARN, and other sites.
An MFA? Yes, I have one, from Columbia. I’ve taught writing at Harvard Business School, Columbia, and Barnard. My essays and reviews have appeared in Parnassus, Contemporary Poetry Review, Kin, and other venues.
Paris was my home for six years in the 1980s, and I’ve spent much time in Brazil, though now I’m back in New York, where I was born. I live in Manhattan with my Brazilian wife (the painter Majô L. Foy), two intercontinental ballistic teenagers, Catherine and Chris, and a yellow Lab named Maggie, the blameless totem adored by all. I work as a senior financial editor for a Brazilian investment bank.