I'm currently writing department chair at a community college in Tucson, Arizona, where I've lived since 1954 and where I teach composition and poetry writing.
I've had seven chapbooks published by various local and national presses. My latest book, 'Sentimental Blue, ' is available online from chax.org. more »
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Jefferson Carter Poems
My wife asked me this morning if I'd ever cheated on her. My ex-wife called this afternoon & asked me the same thing.
Writing in the Shower
I wanted something Eastern European, you know, something portentous in the best sense of the word,
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My wife asked me this morning
if I'd ever cheated on her.
My ex-wife called this afternoon
& asked me the same thing.
What's going on?
That new Italian movie
the art film crowd adores,
the characters hysterical, nearly
operatic, their marriages dead
or dying. I imagine all those couples
sipping capuccino after the movie,
nibbling biscotti, that close
to confessing their own infidelities.
I love my wife. I don't whine
about my latest chore, cleaning
the litter box four or five times
a day. I can imagine one
of those histrionic Italian ...