Feeling rich with poetry gems right now (which is great cos we’re broke & the world at large is feeling more friable than ever). You write these poems & wonder where they came from & then sometimes they are published in great journals like Vector & Flag+Void who are great to work with, & have consistently been producing interesting work for years. This past week saw the release of my poems in both of those journals simultaneously. Amazing. (Copies are available at the links provided.)
In other poetry news – after much planning, I’ve gone ahead & started a new reading series for teens and adults at the Library. We will meet every other month & feature a visiting poet, followed by an open mic. While funds are limited, I have a modest budget for paying performers, & am currently seeking grants as well. I’ll be releasing an open call for submissions soon – so please write me if you know a poet that would like to be considered. Here’s a write-up the local paper did of our first reading in the series featuring MK Chavez!
The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange is also still open for chapbook submissions through August 1st so send some work our way!:
Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange
Open Reading Submission Period: June 1st – August 1st
The Poetry Center invites emerging and established poets to submit work to the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. The PCCE is a community-curated chapbook archive created in 2010, by poets recommending other poets using an each one-invite one model. See http://poetrychapbooks.omeka.net
We aim to provide and maintain open access to small-press and out-of-print chapbooks to promote readership of contemporary poetry as well as encourage its value and availability for use as free, educational, teaching resources.
Send us your work that plays, sings, risks, interrogates, provokes, and moves beyond.
Length: 10-40 pages
Currency: New work (written within the last 5 years); published work that’s fallen out of print.
Aesthetics: seeking a range of forms, approaches, hybrids.
There is no reading fee.
Please email submissions to email@example.com.
Hope you’re all well & finding some strength in poetry.
I am so incredibly excited to announce that my first full-length book, field guide to autobiography, will be published by H_NGM_N Books next year!!
This book has been a labor of love, & has changed and evolved in many ways since I first began writing poems toward it 3-4 years ago. In many ways, the book truly began as part of my MFA thesis back in 2006. I’ve been submitting this manuscript for the greater part of a year in its current iteration, & it had been rejected 15 times. I was beginning to feel very discouraged.
As a nearly-42 year old human who has been submitting & publishing poems for the past twenty (20) years, it’s been a long time coming. This is all to say – dear reader, please don’t ever give up on your creative self. If I can do it, you can too.
Thanks for reading.
A bit about the book:
The book explores the inter-relatedness of various species through accreted fragments toward autobiography. How does a person begin to enumerate the many fragments & fractals that comprise a life? field guide to autobiography is an attempt at memoir through the lens of various animals & minerals including katydids, wrens, abalone shells, and apple trees.
it was the wildness
everything was singing and
you tried to protect me
i resisted it was pitch
and forest it was the trenches
i washed my mud and
donned its mother i slept
among the trees my golden guilt
it was the wild nests of
Brooklyn summer it was the
Cyclone everything was grit
and sunshine a glitter
of dun sand. What is protection
he asked under the boardwalk
who rides the Wonder Wheel
i resisted it was milk
or the ditch
so i started digging.
we’re all becoming animals here
our scaly skins showing through the stained glass
why now why slither
the rainbow gate beneath suit sleeves
beneath chiffon and tweed
the rainbow plexus in our throats
once a wren ever an abalone shell
we were whole once
wander detritus wonder
the furs in the soft air
gentle browns of wood and bark
as the furs gallop by
call me into
i make little sparks
in recent lavas
we were the hands holding
we were the under
to speak in soil tongues
to be called into ditches
to be summoned
wet black eros melt
leaf matter and dirt cake
the cavity of I root
small declivities of teeth
along the rim
how the mouth knows
we were once rose quartz
we were agate
smashed and smashed
among the rock
your smooth body a reminder
Eileen Tabios has just released the 25th issue of Galatea Resurrects, which features over 80 new poetry reviews – wow! I’m pleased to note that my recent chapbook Pigtail Duty is among them, alongside reviews for Carrie Hunter’s ORPHAN MACHINES & Margaret Bashaar’s Letters from Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel.. You can read her “engagement” here.