Morning Poems (2023)

Morning Poems is a chapbook collection of 19 poems written in the twilight spill between sleep and wakefulness. Every morning during the Spring of 2022 I wrote immediately at the point of waking, when thoughts and dreams flow together in the mind’s brackish waters. I would often go back to sleep after a few minutes of hasty writing, then return to each entry, days or weeks later. I was surprised to encounter abstract landscapes, mysterious allegory, and atmospheres of unbodied love in those pages. They urged me to work them into poems, and then, work each poem into Morning Poems.

More of a window into primordial poetics than jungian dream analysis, Morning Poems engages the rupture between the material and ephemeral world at the edge of sleep. Morning Poems speaks an elemental language — of earth, air, fire, and water. The poems linger on feelings and images of geologic time, atmospheres, cycles, cataclysm, desire, and reverence for mystery.

Thank you to writer and poet Trynne Delaney for their mentorship in editing the early manuscript of this chapbook.

Thank you to San Press for publishing Morning Poems. Publisher Jasmine Gui’s editorial eye helped refine the poems to their final form, and designer Abby Ho created a beautiful publication. Abby’s beautiful hand-cut paper sleeves accompany a limited edition of 25/100 copies.

Pre-orders will be available in November 2023 via San Press.