Where all my dragonflies at?
April rolls on for National Poetry Month writers. I’m just trying to keep it honest—pruning, you might say.
THE POET THINKS HE IS A GARDEN
In a notebook wrinkled & ruffled with wear, the poet has scrawled across three of its pages in impossibly gigantic shapes, the words, No one ever tells us what we are. We tell ourselves, or we become, or we find out the hard way that what we are is dirt. The poet, he believes he is a garden. He thinks aloud & whisper-toned that digging himself is perhaps a righteous & most perfect pun. No one here need say that the poet is dead wrong. Six times one day of rain & seven days later, the poet is unearthed with little more blossoming from his carcass than the unpleasant stench of a metaphor having been taken too far. Somewhere else, there are dishes wallowing in a cast iron sink.
STUCK BETWEEN STATIONS, LIVE AT AWP CHICAGO
I had the pleasure of reading for Connotation Press at AWP in Chicago. Relive it with me; press play and let me read you a story about Ben Tanzer. Special thanks to Ken Robidoux, the Connotation Press crew, everyone who read and attended, and, of course, Ben Tanzer.
That non-fiction piece I wrote about the time the sky came down to resurrect the body of Amelia Earhart is now live at In Between Altered States. Ok, you got me; it’s (mostly) fiction. Thanks Aleathia!
see: A WOMAN’S SHOE, AN EMPTY BOTTLE, A SEXTANT BOX
Nic Sebastian, Kathy McTavish, and Marc Swoon Bildos Neys have released the latest videopoem triptych, PROPOLIS, featuring poems by Donna Vorreyer, Lisa Cihlar, and me. Some might recognize my piece, THE LIGHTS ARE ON IN THE MUSEUM, as part of a piece Mud Luscious was kind in publishing some months ago. Thank you to all involved in this. I am indeed honored.
Gold Wake Press has published some of my all-time favorite e-chaps, and I am thrilled beyond thrilled that they have added my title, EXIT STRATEGIES, to the list. It’s near criminal to be able to download these gems for free. Please read mine, make your way down the list if you haven’t already, and be sure to purchase some of their excellent print titles. Thank you, J. Michael Wahlgren, Eric Beeny & Caylin Capra-Thomas!
see: EXIT STRATEGIES