The following is a poem I have written in preparation for and in spirit of the Summer Solstice.
For Tanya Holtland, Emiliana Chavez, and Barnabus Gillmon
Today is the day I release a new chapbook of poetry.
Ogopogo is a cross-disciplinary performance series.
The following texts were created for four readings in Olympia, Portland, and Oakland. Each long piece was written in single sittings, semi-spontaneously, at a computer in a library in Kirkland, Washington. The pieces were only slightly edited after the fact, with the main intention behind them being a Spicer-esque channeling of energy, spirit, and emotion.
My stepfather, a figure who has been in my life for many years, passed away several nights ago.
A newish chapbook from me to you: The Chocolate Death Carols and Other Poems
Late last year I released my latest chapbook of poetry, entitled The Chocolate Death Carols and Other Poems. The book includes a bunch of poetry I wrote during a gig working at a local chocolate company in Seattle. You can read the book for free, and it is still available to peruse here via Google Drive.
Also, this is the first release to my dearest Scherezade Siobhan.
What is Cambodia Bladed?
Cambodia Bladed was my series of prose poems written for and about my second and most recent time spent in Cambodia, from July to September, 2015. It was published between October and December, 2015. The series explores time, space, experience, mindfulness, among many other things. In many ways, and for many reasons, I wrote it as a direct response to the sort of heaviness I was feeling during and after this most recent time period.
For me, the experience writing Cambodia Bladed was also one of experimentation. I had been experimenting with photography and writing as a multidisciplinary form during my Washington series, Melmont piece, and Costa Rica/Panama piece. In a lot of ways, Cambodia Bladed was the high point for this form. I still use this form for my Beyond the Neon series, but I think I’ve exhausted my interest in the style associated with the form. I’m grateful for Queen Mob’s for letting me serialize this piece over the three months. You can read it at the links below: