A bureaucrat by day and a poet by night, views poetry to be primarily a record of one's emotions. His poetry covers a range of forms from sonnets to free verse, but he is especially fond of the Japanese form tanka because it allows for concise lyrical expression.
For mentors he draws from Basho, Issa, and Ishikawa Takuboku.

His work has recently appeared in Poetic Voices (where he was featured poet for November 2003 and May 2004), Makata, Autumn Leaves, Ancient Heart, Falling Star, Simply Haiku, in addition to Tryst. He edited a Japanese form issue of Muse Apprentice Guild which appeared in Summer 2004.

He resides in rural northeastern Iowa with his wife, daughter, dog, and cat.



the frost
is heavy on the window
this morning
I see you again
and remain unforgiven


that skinny dog
rooting in the garbage
sees me
and slinks away
oh my wicked heart


I listen
to the loneliness of Holst's
"Egdon Heath"
looking out the window
at the moonlit field

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