6.02.2019

Two New Poems in Butter

Crop of the painting "Orpheus and Eurydice" by Frederic Leighton. The painting depicts two figures in an embrace, one desperately grasping, the other pushing away.
detail of "Orpheus and Eurydice" by Frederic Leighton

I've been on a small-poem kick for quite some time now. Two of these spiky little creatures are out now in Issue Two of Butter.

Read them here.

5.16.2019

New Course at Hugo House

A bedroom at night. A bed partially illuminated by a brassy gold lamp.
photo: Jp Valery via Unsplash

Sickly,
but somehow the chrysanthemum
is budding.

(Bashō, tr. Robert Hass)


This summer I'm leading a one-day workshop on writing illness and disability at Hugo House in Seattle. We'll practice expressing what feels inexpressible and examine the way great writers from Virginia Woolf to Ada Limón have pulled it off. We'll navigate the web and history of ableist language. We'll talk about rest as revolutionary action. We'll rest.

Want to join us? Details are here.

3.30.2019

Two New Poems in rose quartz

Mad Men's Peggy Olson strides down an office hallway smoking a cigarette, wearing sunglasses, and carrying a file box of her things.


A belated update: I've got two new poems about disability, love, STAR WARS, and Mad Men's Peggy Olson up now in the lovely rose quartz magazine.

Read them here.

12.28.2018

New Q&A in Luna Luna

Painting of a peaceful blue nighttime scene; a woman stands on a rock in a dark body of water. The woman is nude save for her pointy hat and black cloak. She is holding a wand and raising her hands to cast a spell. High above her, the moon is distant but immaculately bright.

"Cloaked" by Rebecca Chaperon


Q. What's something that surprised you recently?
A. How powerful I've felt.

New this week: Joanna Valente asked me some excellent questions in Luna Luna Magazine
Read the rest of the interview here.


[Image description: Painting of a peaceful blue nighttime scene; a woman stands on a rock in a dark body of water. The woman is nude save for her pointy hat and black cloak. She is holding a wand and raising her hands to cast a spell. High above her, the moon is distant but immaculately bright.]

12.16.2018

One New Poem

A person holds their head in a dark room. Streamers of blue light flow around and past them.
photo: Bethany Szentesi via Unsplash


A not admitting of the wound
Until it grew so wide
That all my Life had entered it

Emily Dickinson



Sometimes grace looks like someone else saying "My heart. My heart. Is broken." Sometimes communion looks like holding hands and weeping together. Sometimes a miracle looks like a blue book about loss. Sometimes a saint looks like you.

My poem "Our Lady of Desperation," out now in the first issue of OCEANS & TIME, is about all of this. The blessing of shared vulnerability. The beauty in admitting the wound.

You can read the poem here.


12.09.2018

New Anthology



My poem "Surreal Monogamist" made it into Yes, Poetry's 2018 anthology Gently/Not Gently. You can download the e-book for free here.



[Image description: Book cover showing a mesh bag of lemons on a light blue background. One lemon has escaped the bag and is decaying. The text reads "Gently/Not Gently: Poems for 2018. Yes Poetry."]

11.29.2018

Rerun Four: Wednesday in Therapy



Wednesday in Therapy

The bearskin rug that bit visitors was always my favorite. At Christmastime, our butler stood on the rooftop and doused carolers in boiling pitch. The mansion had trap doors, maim-you-if-you-misjudge-the-exit secret passageways. Carnivorous vines as silent as boa constrictors. A graveyard of gruesome statuary. The pits of quicksand. My father would throw an épée at anything that moved. Mother meticulously decapitated all the roses. Grandmama was always entertaining some demon or another. There were corpses in the closets, beasts with teeth in the bottoms of dresser drawers. No welcome mat, in other words. Yet still the villains got in.

They said we were safe
and flung open the front doors
to ravening wolves



Originally published in Moonchild Magazine.

[Image description: a color photograph of the Addams family mansion.]

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