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SAGITTARIUS A* landed last week. Very exciting. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support, appreciation, the humbling notes from readers all around the world.
On 10/10, we had a fun, safe, masked, socially-distant reading/signing.
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from Sagittarius A*.
“After” is one of the small poems near the end of the chapbook and intertwines ideas about death and the nature of time, pondering how we see those things in the real and the perceived.
First, don’t forget to pre-order Sagittarius A* here.
Second, once I have proper stock, I’ll be selling autographed copies on this site.
Third, I’ll also be selling branded Sagittarius A* bookmarks – one side with the bright, gorgeous title bar, the other side with headshots and blurb text. The headshots will scale from everyone-friendly to NSFW, with the price escalating as such. 25% of the bookmark sales will be going to the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, a great organization doing amazing work with LGBTQ+ folks in jails and immigration facilities. (I use the word facilities loosely.) You can learn more about what they do and support them here.
Two poems debuted last week at No Contact, a very cool NYC based publication.
“Fever” and “Unmute” were written during and about the pandemic. No apologies to any colleagues who might “see” themselves in “Unmute.”
I wrote an entire chapbook worth of pandemic poems. Not sure there’s much to do with them. Writing them was exorcism as much as anything else.
A few things happening.
- Sagittarius A* is officially on sale. Pre-order your copy here.
- I flipped out when I learned I was the 2020 recipient of the Christopher Hewitt Award for poetry.
- The awarded poem: “It Was Never Supposed to Be Ours.”
- A few days later, I flipped out again when I learned Claudia Rankine named my manuscript Twang as a finalist for the 2020 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry.
Yes, I probably should’ve made individual posts about each of those. But…yeah, life is busy! Work – where we are attempting to re-open our library for fall semester – has overtaken my life.
More news soon! I have a couple of cool projects coming up!
August has a special place in my work. Many of my poems (probably too many) that circle back to the farm take place in August. It’s often the month of new projects – often without me realizing it. I tend to write a lot of first drafts of poems and start a dozen short stories that I won’t have returned to a year later.
A month of transition despite having the same hot, muggy long days, August was frequently one of our least busy months on the farm. Uncles and cousins took vacations. We spent afternoons in the swimming hole, maybe going to a matinee at the movie house in Wheelersburg or Ashland. I would sit on the porch with my notebook. We’d spend at least one day at the Scioto Country Fair in Lucasville. (The Lawrence Country Fair was not good.)
This August will also bring lots of exciting news and developments that have me…excited for the longest month.