My longest book of poems (144 pages), The Alchemy of Opposites contains all the poems that I wish to preserve written since 1992 to its publication in 2000. Although a favorite topic is the natural world (animals, plants, earth, the cosmos), I also appropriate images from various mythologies (including that of Native Americans, particularly the Zuni people, the ancient Nordic peoples, and the Bible), and I write about people I never knew personally (Christina Rossetti, Klaus Nomi, Sylvester, Freddie Mercury, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, River Phoenix, Selena, Leni Riefenstahl, Mickey Mantle, Roy Rogers, and Edgar Degas).
Most of the poetry is centered in my own experience, my travels in New Mexico, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Europe, my loss of friends, a brother, and a former lover to AIDS, murder, and suicide, my personal search for roots, love, and meaning--in other words, for transcendence.
The prehistoric picture of a bison with its sort of double head (the head of a second bison overlaps the head of the first one) from France's Cave of Niaux on the cover is an image of the same bison I saw at the Cave of Niaux, and the subject of the final poem in my book. This poem has been twice translated into French. What I experienced there in the dark of that deep and enormous cave was a primal, spiritual experience. I hope it reinforces my central theme: the possibility of wholeness from disparate sources, even if only for one burning moment.