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My poem “Fisher of Women” is in the July issue of Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

You’re trolling
for a wife. You want to bore

 

a hole and pull out
salvation. You want someone to

 

skin and fillet. Someone to replace
the chilled lips of the

 

bluegill pressed against
the icy line of your

 

mouth in your
favorite profile picture.

 

Someone slightly less
slippery. Someone slightly

 

more alive. I can tell you’re a
tender man by the way you

 

remove the hook.

Check it out for audio, more information about the poem, and to read the rest of the issue.

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My poem “Made in China” is up at The Humanist. Excerpt:

I wonder how many millions
of small white worm
cocoons were unraveled to make
his tie. I imagine vast fields
of them, confined and shining,
hanging somewhere in an overseas
warehouse under yellow lights
lost to dust.

Thank you to Jennifer Bardi, Editor in Chief at The Humanist, for publishing it!

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Another poem of mine is up at Columbia Journal. It’s called “The Privacy Rights of Individuals” and is about North Carolina’s HB2, otherwise known as “the Bathroom Bill.” The title is taken from the ironic statement of Governor Pat McCrory in defense of the bill:

I’m proud of us protecting the privacy rights of individuals and not putting burdensome regulations on business and letting them make the decision, not government make the decision.

The poem begins:

There’s this line of white faces
in cisgender suits standing
in front of the toilet
at Safeway. Their arms are locked
together but it’s not in a gay way
they’ll tell you
without being asked.

 

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My poem “Make America Literal Again” is up today at the Columbia Journal. I wrote it in a huff a few months ago after reading news of a 15 year-old girl who was allegedly groped and definitely pepper-sprayed while protesting at a Trump rally in Wisconsin.

It may go without saying that this election cycle is heartbreaking and disturbing to me for myriad reasons. I hope that, as in times past, poetry can act as a vehicle for social change.

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The second issue of Pittsburgh Poetry Review dropped today (that’s fancy official publishing language. Or I’m confusing publishing with childbearing), and my poem “The Perpetual Artist Lays Down Her Tools” is between its pretty covers.

It is chock full of poems, including several by artists I know and admire like Donna Vorreyer, Darren C. Demaree, Sally Rosen Kindred, and Ariana D. Den Bleyker. Pick up a copy or a 2016 subscription today!

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I’ve been out and about, and forgot to share that my poem “Winter” was featured at Pankhearst: Fresh last Friday. Pankhearst Fresh/Featured highlights new and emerging artists who don’t have a collection of poems published yet. Go here to check out my poem, and here to find out how to submit to Pankhearst.

Here are the two reasons I’ve been too busy to internet:

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Talking about Really Important Poetry Things in Pittsburgh, PA
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Camping/hiking/rafting/fighting off black bears in Ohiopyle, PA