birthdays, Worcester, Springfield, summer






or, poem that starts with a line from a song by the band Gomez.




For Mike McGee




Your watermelon candy mouth,

sweet laced and lacking seeds,

was the first thing she craved

after waking up.


To quell this

you keep honeysuckle

and tulips on her night stand,

plant morning glories outside

her window.

While the flowers work

your own needs often get

the better of you and

the make out sessions

last for hours –

breath caught in between

orange shades.


Then you consider

how she brought over a lemon tree

for your apartment, the number

of times she lit incense, and

the aloe plant.


One night you confessed

a love for the cinnamon spaces

in her own mouth, sweet hot

tempered by the promise of

other spices.


Now you both

enjoy the unadulterated

beauty of plants and

which ones best compliment

the other in between those  

long make out sessions.


spoken word, calm, life, buddha

Taking Tony's advice about 30/30

Last night I blocked out the whole National Poetry Writing Month to see what I wanted to accomplish. If I can do this write I'll have a few series, completed poems I've been trying to write for months or years, and maybe have another chapbook ready for the summer.

I like that feeling. Goals. For sure!
birthdays, Worcester, Springfield, summer

Upcoming Features:

My spring vacation tour! Obviously I'm super excited since this is my first time doing shows outside of New England! This is also the first time I have had vacation for longer than week since summer 2007.


Thursday March 18th : Cliterati: 7:30 pm: Charis Books & More: 1189 Euclid Ave NE (purple house next to the Brewhouse, Little Five Points) Atlanta, GA

Friday March 19th 7:00 pm : Urban Grind Coffee House - 962 Marietta St NW Atlanta, GA

Sunday March 21 8:00 pm : Java Monkey - 205 East Ponce De Leon Avenue Decatur, GA

Tuesday March 23rd 9:30 pm: Will's Pub - 1040 N. Mills Ave., Orlando FL

Wednesday March 24th 6:00 pm: Urban Deli! - 625 E. Central Blvd Orlando, Fl

Wednesday March 24th 9:00 pm: Wednesday Open Words: Austins Coffee: 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, Orlando, Fl

Thursday March 25th  7:30 pm: Slam Nahuatl - Gallery 5 200 W Marshall St. Richmond, Va


What?, Fox, boys, coffee

Stuff in the closet

Today is my dad's 60th birthday! Happy Birthday, Dad! (even though he can't read this lol)

Yesterday I went back to Springfield to celebrate his 60th with the ohana. We had an amazing lunch at Chef Wayne's Big Mamou, a restaurant I fell everyone who is visiting or passing through Springfield should patronize. New Orleans cuisine up here in the north. I had a delicious fried craw fish po boy sandwich and a side of the best corn bread between the Connecticut River and the Atlantic. The Big Mamou has received local awards and Phantom Gourmet awards, too. I have a list of folk who will go there with me over the next few months :) Lunch is always reasonable and this is the only place I can get that diabetes causing sweet tea with no corn syrup!

The ohana and I played a few rounds of apples to apples before dinner. My brother has his own smoker-bbqing-grill thingie that runs on charcoal. The wood chips made the neighborhood smell fantastic. After a delicious dinner of bbq pork and potatoes with spinach we payed Clue. My family gets along best when playing board games, kind of like my found poetry/worcester family.

One of the things I did was clean out a good portion of the closet and cupboard in the room me and my brother shared. I've been cleaning up/recycling/throwing away years of junk from my room in Worcester and needed to start the same back in Springfield. I have another 50-75 books to donate to the Marlborough library book sale and the Anime Club. 

I'm a book whore (read: librarian) of course I hoard books!

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This cleaning is also my way of keeping positive about the future, to continue forward. I am however reminded of something Hawaiian Scholar said about traditional Native Hawaiian philosophy:
(I paraphrase) The Hawaiian walk into the future backwards. The future is though of as something being behind. Why? Because the future is so unknown. We look to the past because it is the only things we can look to for guidance. What our ancestors and friends did in the past are a guide to the future, so we back into the future with an eye to what has come before. 

Somehow that fits :)
birthdays, Worcester, Springfield, summer

USO'S ON FREEWAYS: An Anthology of Pacific Islander Writers from/in the Continental United States Sh

Got this on facebook. Pass it on to anyone you know who should submit to this anthology :)



USO'S ON FREEWAYS: An Anthology of Pacific Islander Writers from/in the Continental United States

USO'S ON FREEWAYS: An Anthology of Pacific Islander Writers from/in the Continental United States
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 9:05am
**Submission Deadline: January 15, 2010***

The anthology publishers seek writings by Pacific Islanders who trace their ancestry from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia and have migrated to and/or are from the Continental United States.

“Uso” is a popularly used Samoan term denoting "homie," “sis,” or “bro”—words that express a relation and community that we seek to strengthen in creating and disseminating this anthology. Uso, expressed by younger generations, is gender inclusive and redefines traditional formalities in language and meaning, much like the diverse contributions we anticipate. “USO” also fits as an acronym for U.S. Oceania, a play on words that asks countless questions about what it means to be Oceanic/Pacific Islander in/from the United States.

The freeway is an infrastructure particular to the U.S. experience of Oceania people as they drive to work, visit relatives and ride the Greyhound bus from state to state. This anthology suggests a freeway—or freewave—where the diverse writings become vehicles of great creative power that will awaken and inform readers to the multiple and complex histories and narratives of this specific set of diasporic Oceanic/Pacific Islander people.

We encourage Oceanic/Pacific Islander people who are from the Continental U.S. but now reside elsewhere in the Oceanic diaspora or were deported back to the homeland, to send submissions.

Submissions Process

We will accept poetry, short stories, one-act plays, essays, and excerpts from novels or memoirs. Previously published work will be accepted as long as you retain the copyrights and provide information on where the work was previously published (name of periodical, date and volume).

Along with your work, please submit a Cover Page with your name, titles of submitted work, the date of submission and your contact information (mailing address, e-mail, and phone number)

Additionally, please include a Photo and your Author Biography. No more than 200 words, your Biography should include your island / cultural identity and your locations(s) and/or migration(s) in the continental U.S. and/or in the greater diaspora.

E-Mail Submissions: Send your Submission, Cover Page, and Biography as a single Word doc or PDF file by Janurary 15, 2010 to the editors, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Loa Niumeitolu, and Craig Santos Perez at Please attach photo as a jpg.

The submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel of writers and editors.

Notifications and Queries: We will get back to you with a decision within three to six months. If you haven’t heard from us by then, it’s because we still work on island time even though we live in the U.S. So e- mail us for the status of your submission.

Copies: Each author whose work is accepted for publication will receive 1 copy of the anthology.