Thrilled to have a piece in the latest issue of San Pedro River Review, “The Opt-out Mother,” an austere piece about ubiquitous mother energy, loss, and well, I won’t spoil it for you. There are lots of great writers and photographers in here, including Marge Piercy. I hate to be swoony, but it’s kind of surreal to be living in the same pages as some of my heroes.
Feral Poetry Space Issue–No. 9 is out today and I’m pleased to be in the company of some interesting poets including Jennifer Martelli. The issue includes a huge selection of 49 poems, all space-themed. Some are about stars, some planets, and some aliens. This piece is a commentary about cyberspace and its dehumanizing aspects, some views Max and I shared. This poem had its ass kicked, and I’m glad it found this excellent home. It’s always an honor to have poetry included in Feral. I have lots of publications coming out in August, so please check back. Here’s the poem.
Honored to have poems today in Harpy Hybrid Review (plus some images and an Imayo broadside). There are other links, but for today, here is one, my usual square “album cover.” There’s lots of great writing in this issue (will add links later). These editors were some of the nicest to work with. They even asked for me to send them an image contract, which I sent. I will be writing a post soon about contract writing for creatives.
Okay, I’m totally giving it all away here, but do read the issue because it has interesting work that is not mine including work by Shareen Murayama, a poet I admire very much (plus she did the cover artwork). Also, I do have explanations not replicated here. This piece is an imayo, a Japanese poetry form originally intended to be sung. It has a fixed syllabic structure: 7, 5, 7, 5, 7, 5, 7, and 5. Some imayos were very melancholy and some conveyed spirituality (you can read more about online and maybe even write some). I feel a bit uncomfortable about this piece as I really feel I borrowed it (I’m not Japanese). I know many poets write/steal/borrow forms including popular haiku, and I write a lot of zuihitsu-like pieces, but this one . . . I hope I honored the tradition which I feel informed this poem, and yet, this was written with the purest intentions and that it achieves a kind of stillness. You can read a bit about it on Harpy Hybrid’s page. Read about mahasamadi online (Sanskrit or Hindi) and in the calm of this piece, there’s something potentially socially explosive if read contextually (Max completed suicide . . .). I will write more about this aspect in some essays in the near future.
I like how the words form a path that curves opposite of the photo, creating a slight tension or opposition. Note, Harpy Hybrid is hosting a reading on July 17th. Will add this to my calendar.
Looking forward to this new book by Lannie Stabile (a queer Michigan writer) called Good Morning to Everyone Except Men Who Name Their Dogs Zeus from Cephalopress Books. It looks like an interesting blend of feminism and Greek mythology as seen through Lannie’s acute and personal lens. Will be updating this page once I have a copy in my hot hands to read. Oh, I can’t not mention I am blessed to have a Leda Cartoon in here too (thank you Lannie). More soon.
Be safe. Wear a Mask. I’m not kidding.