I’ve recently reviewed Black Case Volume I & II: Return From Exile by the legendary Joseph Jarman. The review’s in Rain Taxi. Support them by buying a copy of their print edition.
My second review of Kim Vodicka’s poetry, after Psychic Privates, concerns her latest book: The Elvis Machine. Read the review at North of Oxford.
Thanks to Paul Nelson, I participated in the August Poetry Postcard Festival (PoPo) last year, and ended up with a full sequence of poetry, “Bountiful Sound.” A selection of the poems was accepted by Ravenna Press. I’m indebted to Kathryn Rantala for thinking highly of my work, and including it in their Triples Series. #11 features this work by me, as well as Maureen Seaton & Samuel Ace, and Kat Meads.
Support the press by ordering a copy here.
And, of course, consider participating in PoPo this year. Register here.
Amidst pepper-fainted plumes
I felt the beating of drums emerge from chests.
To be there, to be now. To be urgent
through architecture outlined across rain and whispers.
~ position body ~
In asking to prove directly and to form a shield.
I will always blink to a vision of light.
Beating across skeletal relationships.
Bottles of milk. Bottles of baking soda and water.
The lines of scatter and spread
reflect the lines of converge and amass.
Dark clouds pour into those made lighter.
Breathe. The rate is an acceleration.
In a deeply troubled city there is a deeply entrenched situation.
And from it the emergence through cries and fists.
It’s electric the exhalations beyond a single body.
But the single bodies give an image to those single beating hearts.
My review for May is up! Read my review of Paper Bells by Phan Nhiên Hạo here.
I’ve got a new review of Catherine Corman’s chapbook/short work, Salem, up at North of Oxford.
Read it here.
Two of my latest reviews are now in the print edition of Rain Taxi, now available for purchase.
- Earth by Hannah Brooks-Motl
- Codex by Joshua Lew McDermott
Both are excellent books. Please consider reading them and reading what I wrote about them!
I’m excited to relay that my friend Maung Day’s short prose poems have found a home at the magazine for Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Transpacific Literary Project. “There are cities in his scabs: Prose poems” can be read in their mystery and mystification here.