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Friday, February 16, 2018

Two at Five:2:One

The last two sets of my Eudora Welty erasures are now up at Five:2:One. Thanks so much to the staff for their support.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Erasure at Calamus

The final issue of Calamus Journal is out now, and it contains beautiful erasures by Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Sonja Johanson, Sara Adams, Michelle A Ladwig, and me (plus poems by other poets as well). So sorry that this will be their last issue. Thanks to editor Eric Cline for such a glorious ending.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Exciting News

Friends, I'm stunned to say that my poem 'Test' which first appeared in The Southern Review (thanks to editor Jessica Faust) has been selected by Dana Gioia for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2018. Grateful and amazed.

This poem is also in my book Whiteout. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

One Sentence Poems

I have a new winter poem up at One Sentence Poems. So if you've always felt guilty about not actually reading any of the poems I post, here's your chance to redeem yourself at a very low cost time-wise! (It's one sentence, really!) 

Thanks, editor Dale Wisely, for giving us all this opportunity.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Abstract


I live more in my head than my body. Consequently I write abstractly, and feel guilty about it, hearing echoes of Ezra Pound's "Go in fear of abstractions" as I write. All those writers preaching, be aware of the body, be concrete, versus me scribbling my ingrown thoughts, hunched over, ignoring my own bad posture.

Then recently I read this from K C Cole (from Sympathetic Vibrations, Reflection on Physics as a Way of Life): “Abstractions seem magical because they can exist independent of matter—and also because they can do things that matter itself cannot do.”

How much better I felt. How much less alone.

Oh, I know concrete writing has power. But abstractions are not without their own mojo, despite the bad press.