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My third book of poetry. I had got to the point of not wanting to find myself working a particular groove, writing on the same themes over and over. I thought why not, since I was a great reader of folk stories and fairy tales growing up; since poetry has a long tradition of story-telling (and the alliteration and rhythm I love belong to the oral saga) begin creating in the story-telling vein?
Mystery Plays is divided into four books, as described below:

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Mystery Plays ivory-billed woodpecker in cypress swamp poem the immortal lake

Mystery Plays. These are free-standing pieces, on remembered experiences, on behind-the-scenes skullduggery, on the ordinary person’s pivotal moment.


The seventh sister glimpsed and hidden, meets the

searcher’s eye

She winks

Did he see? And does this mean?

The farmer’s wife has sold them all for rhinestones


(from “The Bull’s-Eye”)









Mystery Plays Mr. Boots and Poppet characters from book two

Mr. Boots. Boots is a household politician, who alleviates boredom with his attempts to trick the dog, Poppet, into transgression, and to pit one nameless goldfish against another—or both against the cleaner fish. He meets the lowlier members of the household creature-ocracy: the dust mites, the fleas, the black widow spider.








Mystery Plays text with image of cat poem The Goldfish Takes a Watery View



Mystery Plays soldier brandishing talismanic skull from Haunt of Thieves

Haunt of Thieves. A parable about sacrifice, set in an alternate world. A lost soldier from a defeated army wanders alone, until he can go no further. He must cross the mountain pass where thieves prey on travelers. He meets a stranger, whose help he must take on faith.


See Haunt of Thieves page





Mystery Plays hubbard squash in foreground castle in background from poem The Cook

Fairy Tales. In “The Fisherman” and “The Wife”, her wish is to be heard when she speaks, and given a role to play in her nation’s affairs. “Fortune” is told by the three gifts given to the sons of “The Three Children of Fortune”: the cat, the scythe, and the cock. “The Cook”, a minor figure from “How Six Traveled Through the World”, learns the danger of loyal obedience.




Mystery Plays text and image of fisherman in boat poem The Fisherman



Mystery Plays text and image of woman with roses poem Atone




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