To jumpstart my poetry brain/heart, I recorded a poem for the WNP Virtual Open Mic, Poetry Through the Pandemic, curated by the fabulous Kai Coggin, on the theme of survival & resilience. This poem first appeared in the Berkeley Poetry Review. So grateful to Kai for this wonderful series.
I’ve begun to practice writing gratitudes each night as both a reflexive means of taking stock of those daily moments of grace and joy, as well as to trick my brain out of an inherited tendency towards depression and anxiety. My poem, Pandemic Gratitudes, is up at Dispatches from Quarantine today, & comprises gratitudes written during the first six months of the SIP order while working FT, raising a teenager, and trying to stay sane.
I have two new poems up at Isacoustic. Everything is too much right now; and i am so grateful for poetry, which allows for close study of the replete, brimming intensity of life.
The fabulous editors of Tiny Spoon hosted a virtual release party inviting contributors from their Consumption issue to submit virtual readings. I took the opportunity to create a micro (super-short) film for my poem, patriarchy tonic. It’s also a protection spell and stars my sweet kitty, Abbie “Abracadabra Dream” Hoffman. Enjoy!
My new chapbook, trauma suture, uses erasure to excavate small truths & reconstruct identity. I created these poems while participating in 30/30s in a group called The Poeming, created by E.K. Anderson. I work with two texts; Indexing by Seanan McGuire, and Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Most of the erasure or remixed poems were created using a single page of the text. I’m grateful to Rob McLennan for publishing it with above/ground press!