11/19: round-up

HI. I don’t have much for you today because I’ve been busy working on grad school & fellowship applications, but here’s a little round-up.

And—if you want to read a post with a little more substance—here’s the one from Monday:

beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
on showing your work, etc.
Happy Monday, all! Here’s what I have for you today: Housekeeping On showing your work What I read last week Quotations A question Tweets…
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What I have for you today:

  • Housekeeping

  • What I read last week

  • Quotations

  • Tweets


The next issue of The West Review is set to come out on December 1st! Woo-hoo!

As always, you can help me pay future contributors by buying one book for $10 or 5 books for $30. All proceeds go straight to writers.

I have a poem out in Borderlands today:

What I read last week:


When I was a queer kid dealing with the violent ridicule in rural Pennsylvania, well, that was hard enough, but then AIDS came along. In other words, I was already terrified of my body because I was queer, but THEN came this disease, which many of my classmates were quick to point out was my own personal disease, a symptom of my perversion. My body became the very center of evil, and I believed them for a little while.


…trying to find a way to love this world as it is, and to not let it kill me.


This sounds strange but being queer made creativity easier for me if only because I was shunned, forced outside the acceptable, respectable world, and writing was something I turned to in that imposed solitude, for writing was an actual place I could go to where I was free. Not an escape by the way! I really HATE when writers say they write to ESCAPE! I escape nothing, ever, nor do I want to escape!


Every memory we have is cellular. […] Our bodies actually remember.


A poet learning TRUST is essential learning. Trusting the world, trusting the audience. When a poet is verbose in the line it's usually a result of their thinking the audience isn't capable without them. They are, they very much are capable, and the sooner we learn it the better for our poems, frankly.


Poetry is a blueprint of who we are at the time of writing it.


All of you I can still touch, / I cherish: how easily torn, how / quickly smashed we are.

-Marge Piercy

I am / a woman with my guts loose / in my hands.

-Marge Piercy

It hurts to love wide open.

-Marge Piercy

Lest fear be my tyrant.

-Nico Peck

How is it that I have come this far / with nothing, that I am empty- / handed in this country of blessings?

-Jacob Shores-Arguello, “Pilgrims”

What I do know is that when I read poetry, good poetry, I forget to breathe and my body is suffused with something unnamable—a combination of awe and astonishment and the purest of pleasures.

-Roxane Gay, “Losing It”

This is the shucked meat of love, the alleys and broken / glass of love, the petals torn off the branches of love, / the dizzy hoarse cry, the stubborn hunger.

-Ellen Bass, “Marriage”

I’m hell-humming in / your direction, giddy, I am too taken / to leave it alone, the will / locked in as if it is already / inside of me now: to fall.

-Elena Karina Byrne, “Vertigo”

i am the prison that turns to rain in your hands.

-Danez Smith

You are searching for an entry to the poem, I am searching for an exit wound.

-Sara Tuss Efrik


Okay, now I’m off to go get some work done. Hope you have a great weekend!