my dog
is part howler monkey

the monkey part
are his vocal cords

he’s all dog, otherwise

he doesn’t wrap his tail
around tree branches

or climb trees

nor does he have thumbs
to hitchhike

like howler monkeys
might do if the leaves

& fruit they eat
became scarce

& if the trucks used
to smuggle drugs

through the rainforest
were passing nearby

Image credit:Jason Gardner

I have one book of poetry published in Tucson by Moon Pony Press in 2009 titled, The Certainty of Looking Elsewhere. My poetry has been published in numerous small presses including: Dark Horse, Gargoyle, 6ix, Tor House Newsletter, The Moth & Zocalo Magazine.