What strange times.
While work continues on Sagittarius A* and its June release, I confess I’ve written or revised very little lately. The anxiety overtaking us clogs the air like grease. What little oxygen remains is needed for the occasional deep breath of calm.
I have been trying to write brief, electric poems about connection and desire, to counteract the isolation required during COVID-19. I’ve manage a couple that are halfway decent. I think. I’m someone who can and does spend a lot of time alone, but I also love my nights out at a bar.
I hope everyone is staying safe, checking in on friends and loved ones, not going insane from working remotely with colleagues who find Teams, Slack and Zoom as vexing as quantum astrophysics. The mute button is your friend!
Poetry, Afield is back! April 19. 3-6pm. Sunday Funday poetry!
Join us tomorrow night at Downbound Books in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the Northside neighborhood, for the Inkwell Open Poetry Mic ft Ben Kline from 7-9PM. I’ll be reading some favorites and new work, as well as a few pieces from Sagittarius A*!
The past week saw a few poems debut.
First, Bending Genres Journal published three poems on which I collaborated with Tyler French, a poet and all-around cool guy from DC. The poems “Choke,” “Sir, Yes Sir” and “Serenade” came from our explorations of all the modern terms and paradigms gay men are employing in the digital age. Tyler also originates from southern Ohio and we’re going to explore that in some future collaborative work.
Then, Continue reading “New Poems and News”
I took a few minutes to reorganize the Publications page. I divided it by years and added some non-writing things to it, such as my appearance on USA Today’s “I Am an American” series.
One thing that struck me – when I resumed writing seriously in 2012, I had no idea where it would take me. Continue reading “Updating/Reflecting”
Wow. I was updating my publications page and discovered that I published 21 poems and one short story in 2019! That’s my best year yet. Not bad for someone who stopped trying to publish for 11 years (2001-2012.)
2019 was a productive year too: I finished and found a publisher for Sagittarius A*, then completely revamped Twang after spending a couple hundred dollars to submit it to Continue reading “2019 in review”
Two new poems from Twang debut at Queen Mob’s Teahouse today. They are newer works, written last summer, and added to Twang as I continue to fine tune the manuscript.
Click here to find “A Pile” and Saved Message #3.”