West Branch

Got my contributor's copies of the beautifully redesigned West Branch number 57 today. I was so pleased to see a poem by fellow blogger and ASU alumni Ruth Ellen Kocher there as well—a sort of haunting meditation on the beauty (and ugliness ) of orchids and people. It's good to be in good company.

My two pieces, "Saboteur" and "Vapor Boys" are from the first ms and are actually, I think, among my favorite pieces in that collection. I was happy to see them in print, and honestly, I don't often feel that way when I finally get copies of journals. Thanks to the editors at West Branch for including my work!


  1. Congrats on the poems. I just read "Penis Breath" in Quarterly West. It made me smile.

  2. I, too, am a big fan of "Penis Breath."

    You rock Charlie!

  3. Charlie, thanks again--so much--for sending us those poems!