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Heart

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.

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Book Reviews

A New Review at North of Oxford: Paper Bells by Phan Nhiên Hạo

My review for May is up! Read my review of Paper Bells by Phan Nhiên Hạo here.

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Pandemic Poems

Three issues of pandemic poetry are now online via North of Oxford.

I have three poems in the first issue.

One

Two

Three

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Images

Glitched Sheet

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Domestic Travel Images

Photo Series: Pandemic Highways

Oregon and Nevada. Taken in March 2020.

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Book Reviews

A New Review at North of Oxford: Salem by Catherine Corman

I’ve got a new review of Catherine Corman’s chapbook/short work, Salem, up at North of Oxford.

Read it here.

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Two New Reviews in Rain Taxi

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!

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Domestic Travel Images

Pic: Coulee’s Return

From the coulee, with love.

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New Poetry from Myanmar

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.

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Domestic Travel Images

Pic: The Frozen Sog

From Boulder River, with Love.

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Book Reviews

New Review: Things That Go by Laura Eve Engel

My latest review is now in Rain Taxi! Laura Eve Engel’s Things That Go, where “the entirety of the world is moving, and our understanding along with it is moving too—often to our surprise and overwhelmingly beyond full comprehension.” Read more here.

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Domestic Travel Images

Pic: The Spikes Inside Us

From the BeltLine, Atlanta, with Love.

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GIF Images

GIF: Angry Soothing Foam

From Rialto Beach, with Love

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Pic: The Over Flows

From The Cedar River (Renton, Washington) with Love.

Cedar River, Renton, Washington

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Others Poetry Past Events

New Recording: Sherwin Bitsui with Elee Kraljii Gardiner at Hugo House

On January 31, 2020, Sherwin Bitsui with Elee Kraljii Gardiner read at the Richard Hugo House and I had the pleasure of listening from the front row. Below are the tracks from this event, which included a conversation/Q&A after each poet read.

Part 1: Elee

Part 2: Sherwin

Part 3: Conversation