I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Whichever ones you recognize. I’m in Connecticut with my bf and his family. Which lands 2 firsts: destination holiday and Christmas with him and his family. (We holiday’d separately last year.) Strange to be around a large family that actually likes one another.
As 2020 and the third decade of the 21st century approach, I told myself, Take these couple weeks off. Don’t fuss. Embrace the irregular. Skip the gym. Drink more. Write less. Relax. Yeah, ok, sure. I worked out like crazy yesterday and I started 3 new poems! I have a better chance of giving up coffee – something I’m considering in 2020 as a money saver.
Ok, lemme get back to my Four Roses.
You can find my poem “Potato Salad” in the latest issue (No. 7) of Screen Door Review. The poem is a one-off, a piece without a project. I can’t remember if it was born of dream, memory or overheard secret, but I kept returning to the macaroni salad and a bee on a wet petal’s ledge.
Screen Door Review is a fantastic journal – so spend some time with the entire issue and their archive. They highlight literary voices of the queer South. Think about that for a minute. It’s an important, vital context for this necessary, urgent work.
If I had to pick a fave from issue 7, it’d be “A Little Sugar in the Tank.”
I always forget that my out-of-print first book – Going Fast in Loose Directions – is on Amazon for almost $1000. I have no idea who the sellers are. People who purchased the signed copies perhaps.
Also, I have an author page there. I updated it as we move into 2020 and the debut of Sagittarius A*.
who before us lived
through what we take for granted.
May we make them proud.
#worldaidsday #gayforebears #gayuncles #haiku #instapoem #theAuthor #neverforget
Thanksgiving greetings, everyone. I have something amazing for which to be thankful.
Sagittarius A* has found a permanent home!
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In a bizarre reverse on that classic “Will & Grace” scene, my chapbook Sagittarius A* was recently accepted for publication by a very well-known press. An editor and I spent a week discussing edits, release date, format, the cover, etc. I had withdrawn the manuscript from two other open calls and had told a few friends. The editor communicated their excitement for the book. Of course, I was thrilled that someone finally gave my weird little book of astrophysics-inspired poems a chance!
Then, someone at the press decided to google me and discovered my social media. Less than a day later, someone from the press emailed me in the middle of the night to inform me they were no longer interested in my chapbook or me. The email was a bizarre Continue reading “Accepted, Accepted, Declined”
A few things.
POETRY AFIELD was a huge success. We had great turnout, the feedback on our poets was amazing, and the bar asked for it to become a series. Maybe in 2020…the weather isn’t likely cooperating with us for the remainder of the fall. Also:
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