11/6: round-up

Hi & happy November!

Here’s what I have for you today:

  • Housekeeping

  • What I read this week

  • Where I submitted work this week

  • Quotations I encountered/loved

  • Tweets


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And here are some other things I’ve gabbed about lately!

beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
on boundaries
Hey, you. Here’s what I have for you: Housekeeping What I read today Quotations from texts I read Questions to ask yourself about your work On boundaries Further reading Tweets…
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beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
the art of imagery
What’s in this post: Housekeeping Images! What I’m reading A resource Tweets…
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beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
on reading (& articulating your poetics)
If you want to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. In undergrad, I forced myself to read 1+ book a day—whether that be poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Now, with a full-time job and several part-time jobs, I don’t always have the time. Still, I’ve managed to read fifty books in 2021, and there’s still time to read a few more…
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beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
poems as puzzles (& not in the way you think)
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I share the opinion of seemingly every high school English teacher: that poems are riddles, that they’re scattered pieces of information that we must then puzzle out through ample analysis and biographical research…
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What I read this week:

Where I submitted my writing this week:

  • Split Lip Magazine

  • Denver Quarterly

  • Bodega Magazine

  • Fourteen Hills

  • Folio

  • Sundog Lit

  • Bluestem

  • Baltimore Review


In the broadest sense, trans poetics refers to all poetic efforts to represent any forms of self or identity for which there are no conventional means of expression.

-Joy Ladin

We see the costs of limiting articulation of trans identity to gender-binary terms. No human being, trans or not, is always and only one thing, one characteristic, one identity.

-Joy Ladin

To be free / is often to be lonely.

-W. H. Auden

I write for the still-fragmented parts in me, trying to bring them together.

-Adrienne Rich

As if the point of survival / Is human survival.

-Amie Zimmerman

Her voice, our tongues, our cheeks, her wings, / the sweat of everything, sex.

-Amy King

There is no politically neutral art.

-bell hooks

Even my body / does not belong to me, but I whisper in it / and think in it and hope it stays / beautiful. God, the way summer is made, thawed into golden branches and / red magnolias and sand dunes, the way the clouds / spin lazily on their orbit, the way the sun / breathes onto the trees that have already bloomed—

-Ayesha Asad

I want / This body to buoy me / Forever.

-Katharine Coles


That’s all for today. Thanks for being here.