April 4, 2023 Waxing moon in Virgo
Surprise! Yes, I did just publish a letter last Friday, but this morning I received notice that my work was published in two places and, well, gah! I had to share.
An essay of mine
called “Poems as Catalysts and Seeds to Plant Change” was published over on the Transformative Language Arts Networks’sblog. It’s actually a statement of poetics, which I never thought I’d write, but, well, here we are.
For most of my life, whenever anyone asked me to summarize myself or my art I panicked, froze, then fled, usually leaving a comet tail of epithets. If cornered, I deflected. “Want to know me?” I’d hiss, “Go read my poems. They’re scraped from the inner walls of my ascending aorta.” Similarly, questions about my writing process often ran into a big old slammed door of “none of your damn business.”
I always thought it was because I’m an introvert with a bit of social anxiety. Lately, though, …read the whole essay here.
Three poems of mine
appear in the inaugural issue of Text Power Telling Magazine, “a digital creative arts magazine devoted to sexual trauma survivors and those who support them.” You can see my work as well as a host of other powerful, courageous poems, essays, and visual art here. (One of my pieces “Finally, at sixty, I see” is currently misattributed, but the editor is working on correcting this totally understandable oops.)
As always, I’d love to hear what you think.
Wishing you whatever you need to burst into bloom,
Just in case you’re curious: https://www.tlanetwork.org/
Congratulations 🥳 excellent stuff