I grew up on Staten Island at a time when, even around the South Beach Housing Project, pheasants, muskrats and other creatures were frequently seen. I now, and for a long time, have lived in Vermont, where even from my studio window, I can sometimes see coyotes, wild turkeys, bear, deer and once, a fisher.

I have an MFA in Poetry. I have a fondness for the absurd and the unusual. I have a wife, three grown children, three grandchildren. I have nowhere particular to go. Sometimes an inch this way or that suffices.