Co-editor of Ekphrasis, Laverne has chapbooks from Talent
House Press, White Heron Press, and two chapbooks, Drinking
The Light (2007) and The Range Of Seeing (2008), from
Finishing Line Press, both of which having been nominated for
The Commonwealth Club of California’s California Book Awards.
His work has been accepted or appeared in Poetry New York,
Tiger’s Eye, Christian Science Monitor, Sundog, Comstock,
Montserrat, CQ, Dalhousie, etc. He has a Pushcart Prize
nomination and honors and awards in many poetry competitions.
Laverne Frith Poems
How critical it is to zero in with that first reading,
to not be over or under in that initial assessment
when the decision is made to move forward,
to engage, to not be taken in by the rush of the
waters, the cool mist of the falls, the thin veil
of denials, the confusing clouds of a checkered
history. It is absolutely critical to take the time,
to focus, to take your reading carefully, to check
all settings, and then, and only then, release.
Incident Of Spring
Something blown, orbicular,
shaped more like bird than leaf,
but with a hundred green eyes
a deep brown aggregate at its beak.
How far can a simile go before
What the wind blows must settle
somewhere. Finally, this ground,