A Poetry Of BirdsA Poetry of Birds: Poems About Birds and the Photographs that Inspired Them (2017) – 70 pages;  $5.99 eBook/$18.95 hardbound

Do you love poetry? Birds? If yes, this book is for you. A hardback with a vivid cover filled with striking bird photos, it’s perfect for coffee table display. Inside, I celebrate 37 bird species by pairing my own poems with a naturalist’s professional photos of each species in the wild. The poems embody close observation of birds and their behaviors per se and as triggers for reflections on human life. What is unique in each species’ biology and behavior? What feelings and thoughts do the dagger beak, the crimson plume, the hooded eye, inspire in the human heart and mind? As the lives of birds are both beautiful and harsh, so too the poems are alive with both exaltation and suffering.  If seeing a wild bird fills you with joy and wonder, and a well-wrought poem transports you, expect A Poetry of Birds to do the same.



Animal SongsAnimal Songs (2010) – 140 pages; $7.99 (paperback)

Exploring animals as creatures in their own right and as metaphors for the human experience, these 71 poems range in tone from foreboding to comical. With over 50 original illustrations by an accomplished artist and a full-color original cover, Animal Songs will set your mind humming with ideas and images and will make an appealing gift for lovers of animals and poetry alike.



The Pitch is on the Way, Dan LiberthsonThe Pitch is on the Way: Poems About Baseball and Life (2008) – 112 pages; $7.99 (paperback)

How does it feel to love, play, and watch baseball as a kid and as an adult? After a Foreword by Peter Magowan, ex-President of the SF Giants, 50 poems and 21 professional illustrations depict the players and the plays; the challenges of each position; the ups and downs of hitting and fielding; the role of support staff like umpires and coaches; and baseball's fabled history.

Hear Garrison Keillor read the poem “Child’s Play” from “The Pitch is on the Way” on The Writer’s Almanac program from August 30, 2012 (start listening at the 3 minute timepoint).





Famil Album

A Family Album (2006) – 144 pages; $7.99 (paperback)

Darkly humorous and sharply perceptive poems describe the joys and sorrows of a second-generation Jewish childhood with perfectionist parents and a schizophrenic child. Verbal portraits of eccentric relatives abound in this tale of the losses and small triumphs of a family under siege by mental illness. Includes 23 family album photos and expressive graphic designs and 2 CDs of the author (a trained actor) reading all the poems.




Morning and Begin AgainMorning and Begin Again (2012) – 186 pages;
$2.99 Kindle/$7.99 paper

In Morning and Begin Again, the poems are grouped according to life's great themes: childhood, love, transience, depression, nature, places lived in and visited, and remembrances of loved ones lost. The overall theme is death and rebirth, in both inner and outer life. These poems are not obscure or abstract conceptual puzzles, but rather are grounded in remembered and imagined events and tell stories about living: its depths and shallows, whelms and hollows. The goal is, through image and sound, to involve and move readers, to power and intensify their lives by enabling them to share in the poet's most potent and fascinating experiences.