I am happy to get two poems in Sinister Wisdom, a lesbian poetry journal that has existed for decades. This issue was mostly dedicated to disabled writers and curated, but two of my poems were picked up by the editor, both queer. One is about my great-great-grandmother who died in Eloise, an asylum in Wayne County. Her life was a mystery, and I didn’t have a lot to piece together. I have a photo of her with a four-digit number which I believe is the number on her gravestone. Around 7000 residents were buried there with simple markers (only numbers). Some of the poem is historical, and some of it’s conjecture. I will post the text soon.
The other poem was written in a Statue of Liberty writing workshop held by The Jewish Historical Society in NY and taught by Lynn Melnick. Lynn read a poem Emma Lazarus’s (writer of inscription on the Statue of LIberty), which was clearly a love poem to a woman. I imagined an “outing” with Emma which appears below.
Many more publications coming this summer, so stay tuned.