“The Sound of Metal” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize

Thank you so much to Weasel Press for nominating my poem, “The Sound of Metal,” for the Pushcart Prize. The poem, first published in Degenerates: Voices for Peace, appears in Slide a Mirror to Me (Transcendent Zero Press, 2017).

Button Poetry Press

This week, I’ve been reading amazing poetry from Button Poetry Press. I’m wrangling my thoughts (like herding cats) to write something down about their collections. In the meantime, I wanted to say–go read! The press publishes performance poets, artists who write and perform slam poetry / spoken word poetry. As I flip through the Button Poetry books, I end up reading the poems out loud, and now my throat is hoarse. Worth it.

The Jinni’s Wish (new poem)

The Jinni’s Wish

A wish for endings
like tied shoe strings.

A wish for finishing
like stains on cut tree limbs,
glossy in death
and dining-room tables…

Read the rest in Star*Line (issue 40.4, fall 2017). The issue is 40+ pages chock-full of poetry, available for sale in PDF and print.

Thank you to Vince Gotera​ and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association for publishing the poem.

Vine (new poem)

Thank you to Stoneboat for publishing Vine in their fall 2017 issue, available now.

Vine

my toes, roots

hands, leaves curling

growing into my loves
like ivy on a chain link fence…

I was partly inspired by the sculpture, “The Vine,” by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (pictured above).

This is the first poem I’ve published that appears for sale in a print edition, you guys!

(photo courtesy of ketrin1407)

Arriving at a Shelter from Violence (new poem)

Your wounds are fresh
and still too deep
to paint your surfaces blue.

Only pinpoints of blood
decorate your skin,
like freckles on little girls
before we train them
to blush, gloss,
conceal.

The red dots are petechiae…

Read the rest…

Fingernails (new poem)

my psychotherapy teacher taught me to counsel
with his fingernails…

a deliberate inattention,

staring at my nails as if they were
the most interesting thing in the world;

giving space for a woman with wounds
to unwrap them, carefully,
without accidentally being touched…

Read the rest…