september 24: roundup (quotes, recs, tweets, etc.)

Alrighty, folks. This is a long one, so—if you want to read it all—you’re going to have to click the link to this post.

Here’s what I’ve got for you today:

  • Two quotations on poetry (and more, from previous posts)

  • Reading recommendations

  • Check-in

  • Tweets

On poetry:

It’s hard to come to terms with my writing when the world’s on fire and here I am, obsessing over a handful of paper.

- Ocean Vuong

If I couldn’t have written, I wouldn’t have survived… my metaphors are my wounds.

-Nelly Sachs

In case you like these and want more, I’ve shared others in past posts, too!

beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
on good poems
I have this strange obsession with collecting every quotation by writers I admire regarding “the art of writing,” advice, hot takes, etc. etc. etc. It’s difficult—for me, at least—to define what a “good” poem is. What are the necessary qualities of a “good” poem? How much of “good” poetry is defined by music? By imagery? By subject matter…
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beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
wisdom from maxine kumin
Happy Thursday, all. I’ve finally gotten the chance to sit down with a book—for the first time in forever—and I’m enjoying myself immensely. I just started To Make a Prairie by Maxine Kumin, a book that came out in 1979 and is rife with wisdom for emerging and established poets alike…
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beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
thinking about poetry // & what to read this june
Happy June, folks! I hope that your month is off to a good start and that you’re making the best of Gemini season. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Marissa Ahmadkhani, iconic poet and one of my closest friends, for The West Review; and, ever since, I have been thinking about her answer to the question “What is the role of poetry?”—one…
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Reading recommendations

Twenty poems to read because why not:

And, because it’s always pride month in my heart, here are some great LGBTQ+ books I love / want to read immediately—all written by queer Black authors!




Okay, real talk. How are you all taking care of yourselves amid this terrifying time? Friendly reminder that self-care is more than recommended—it’s vital. Make those boundaries, spend time alone, call your loved ones, make that dentist appointment, etc. etc.

I, yes, finally made a dentist appointment, plus I’m finally getting my laptop fixed, plus I finally upped my medication so I won’t want to d-word quite so often. He he.

What else?

Make sure you’re spending time caring for yourself and your inner child, doing the things you love—the things that relax you and ground you and bring you joy.

Tweets of the week

And I have a poem out in Crazyhorse! Read it in full here:

Hope you have a great weekend.