News! I’ll be reading at the Blue Heron Inn in LaPorte, Indiana on November 7 at the release party for Volume 2 of This Is Poetry. The party is from 6-9, involves drinking, poeming, AND some brave souls (probably including me) will be in costume. I’ll be reading some new, never-before-been-heard stuff! Huzzah! Please come support This Is Poetry and costumed drunkenness.
You may remember Jen from the TheThe Poetry Blog feature I posted about a couple weeks ago. Jen is a writer, an advocate, a mother and a finder of lost things. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where she works to help find employment for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Her work has recently appeared in Nonbinary Review and Stirring, and is featured in a micro-collection in Wood Becomes Bone. Here’s an excerpt of her poem “Sepia” from Stirring:
A grimm’s fairytale, perhaps, a tale of good
versus evil. Only, now it was because
his hands were dirty, and I was cleaner than
six in the morning, than trilliums and moss.
Ruth lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web and print journals, including Antiphon, The Bellingham Review, The Louisville Review, and Sou’wester. She is the author of two chapbooks, Dear Turquoise (dancing girl press) and Creature Feature (ELJ Publications), and serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review. A few of her poems from Creature Feature were recently up at Extract(s); this is from “Dear Maria”:
. . . this is where your
power lies, where you might have grown
from peasant girl to peasant wife, your
own children playing near the dappled edge
—but dead, your power forces men to
their knees, and then their feet; . . .
Hope to see you there!
I’ll be reading my poem “On Learning the Jorōgumo has a Boyfriend While I Do Not” tonight at Most Wanted Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA for the FREE MONSTER POEMS ABOUT MONSTERS release party. Here’s an excerpt:
In Japan, if you have a yen for it, you can sniff
The secretions of a young girl cracked fresh from a plastic
Egg birthed by a burusera vending machine.
This is where the spider woman takes a lover.
Come out and see me!