^Beccalicious . Many thanks to all who read, commented on, or faved that poem.
My absence has to do with my move to the San Francisco Bay Area where I'm busy pretending to be a tech entrepreneur. But I believe more in the primacy of words now than ever. Language allows us to breathe out our internal selves, to breathe in the personal consciousness of others. Writers are just those who breathe more deeply, but that much oxygen makes me light headed, and I can't always permit myself to get so giddy. However, I'm not sure I can afford not to either; the longer I'm away from poetry the more irritable and desolate I become. So everyone just stay calm and keep reading and writing; I'll try to do the same.
p.s. I finally got a twitter handle, @JustinMHelms , though I'm still holding out against this whole Facebook madness (Mark Zuckerberg's real worried about it I'm sure).