Masters Poems

I did my M.A. in English, Poetry Composition at California State University, Fullerton. The book of poems I wrote for my M.A. project is titled "The Music of Poetry" and the 19 poems explore the subject of music, poetical forms, and how they intersect. My adviser was Dr. John Brugaletta who was so instrumental in helping me achieve these poems and has several books of poems, the latest being "With My Head Rising Out of the Water" from Negative Capability Press. I have listed the forms and some notes to give some context.

The Music of Poetry

The Mechanistic Ballade - A french ballade

Singer - dramatic monologue about an android

Frenzy - Poem about driving to school

The Victim - Villanelle

Lost in the Mail - Word count dramatic monologue

The Midnight Quartet of Marcel Proust - dramatic monologue

The Conductor - Shakespearean sonnet

Cecilia Simon, Ten Months and a Day - dramatic monologue

Fever - Poem about my daughter as a toddler

Learning to Swim - Poetical form following the musical form of theme and variations

The Ring: A Corona - Five interlocking sonnets about Wagner's Ring Cycle


The Rhinegold

The Valkyries


The Twilight of the Gods

The Dance

Love Song - Villanelle

Maria’s Sound: “Salve Regina.” - A three-part motet on Don Carlo Gesualdo’s double murder of his wife and her lover, 1594

The Music of Love - Free verse sestina

The Carpenter - Yep, THAT carpenter - Shakespearean sonnet

Hymn - Italian sonnet

The End of a World - chant royal

The Mysterious Rabbits and the Flowered Pole