art, Art & Aesthetics, Holy Wild

Black & White & Red All Over: The Mysterious Power of Three Common Colors

"Red as blood, white as snow, black as a raven's wing…." These three colors appear again and again in folklore the world over, but why? What is it about this triad that exerts such power on our collective imaginations?

Current Events, Featured, Holy Wild, Social Justice

#themetafor: The Bodies Buried In The "American Heartland"

Responses to a recent tweet by Pete Buttigieg rightly called out the presidential candidate for his use of the phrase "American Heartland" as "code for white." The incident raises interesting linguistic questions about how we unpack complex cultural metaphors.

Holy Wild, Muse in Brief, News & Announcements, Poetry & Music

Five New Poems: Evolving Gender and the Mask of Social Media

Masks are everywhere these days... and not just because Halloween is just around the corner. Sometimes we don't even realize the masks that we've been wearing -- the patterns and themes and synchronicities that have been lurking behind the mask of random chance in our lives -- until someone else points them out to us. That's sort of what happened to me when, by sheer coincidence (or was it?), a curiously thematic bunch of my poems all were accepted for publication during the month of October.