Very happy to have two experimental pieces in scissors & spackle, a sort of experimental/punk literary journal. “Love Song for a Friend” is a grief list poem and “gratitudes” is also lists that became something readworthy (hopefully). The friend in “Love Song” is Kim who left the world too soon. I also wrote about her in the piece, “Kim,” published in Cincinnati Review, which eventually made it to The Best Small Fictions 2020 anthology. I’m glad to have immortalized her a bit on this plane. The circumstances of her death were never made clear. It may have been suicide. No funeral. No ritual. But writing.
So fortunate to be in another issue of San Pedro River Review. This issue has a theme of Place. Jeff and Tobi, the editors, are kind and efficient. They have two brief submission windows each year, then superfast notices for submitters. Generally, a month or so after an acceptance, the issue is out. I wish all journals were this professional. Here is a bad photo of the poem, which I’ll update at a later date. This has been a busy publication year, and I’m having trouble keeping up. This poem is one of many about grief (for my grandmother) and mortality. Buy the whole issue on Amazon. See my other San Pedro River Review publication, “Opt-Out Mother,” here.
Boats Against the Current is a wonderfully designed, promising new journal founded by McKenna Themm, a poet and managing editor of the LA Review. Boats Against the Current Magazine is an online journal dedicated to poetry.
My poem explores grief as told through the lifespan and habits of crickets. Read it here, and if you’re a poet, send them some work. I was pleased as a neurotic type to get a very fast response from them and they’re lovely and professional to work with.
I’m very behind in blog posts but was happy to have three poems published in Alien Buddha at the end of January 2022. These are pieces from my manuscript, One for Sorrow, and address domestic violence, one, queers and the church–a tough sell for the lit world–so very grateful for the publication. Alien Buddha publishes a large format journal and books on a regular basis. Find this issue of Alien Buddha on Amazon. I will likely add the poems (or parts of them) at a later date.
Done, 2021, a visual poem on newsprint crossword—created by moi at the end of the year. I’ve been depriving myself of color for a long time. Here’s a new start to occasional color. Happy New Year!