“Yes” on The Leveler Poetry

There’s a new poem in The Leveler Poetry for the first week of December (and ever after in the archive). Here’s a link to that: http://www.levelerpoetry.com/yes-levelheaded/

One of the things I love about this journal is the added feature of the “levelheaded” read, where the editors offer some response/analysis of each poem they publish. If it helps you, as a reader, to know, there was a 5 day-old goat whom I held at a farmers’ market in L.A. once. There have been other goats since, but they’ll have to wait for other poems…

“Traffic in Indie Circles” is up at AMP

I hope you enjoy the Vol. 2 No.1 issue of AMP Magazine, a project out of Hofstra University, and a poem called “Traffic in Indie Circles.”  Though a resistant student who aggressively refused to try to understand Ashbery’s Chinese Whisper (if I recall my presentation was “Here are some poems. You figure it out”), Janet Kaplan is a wonderful professor, a powerful writer, and I’m humbled this poem caught her editor’s eye.

It’s for two students who were in my first workshop at the University of Illinois, excellent writers who seem to run on the same Chicago scene, and they sent a photo one day that was overwhelming joyful, and this poem overflowed from that.

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“Leave No Trace” in Moonsick Magazine

Moonsick Magazine, a journal promoting women, queer, and non-binary voices, is a publication doing what it clearly means to do: challenge the traditional literary canon of cisgendered white men. The editor’s note is right here. It’s one of those journals that I’m positive cisgendered white men send to all the time, even when the guidelines specifically make it clear which voices the journal is calling for.

But they also have an annual DUDE issue, and you’ll find “Leave No Trace” in that one. It’s humbling to have work welcomed into this space, and I hope you enjoy it, but also hope you enjoy going back to the issue regularly to read essential, yet marginalized, voices.

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“A Thoughtful Love” over in decomP

There’s an older poem in the new issues of decomP, which I hope you enjoy.

It’s a piece that causes me to rethink context, and how the poem must resonate beyond where it started. It’s an older draft, and helps me to remember the chanting of shapes.

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“Please Don’t Center Poems” returns…

The latest issue of Poetry International is out, with some of the finest writing I’ve read all year. Among much talent is a little poem I wrote last year called “Please Don’t Center Poems.” If you want to subscribe, and get that issue of damn near 600 pages, it’s out!

This poem will come around again, in a tiny tiny chapbook soon, and I’ll be sure to let you know all about it when it does.

Quick Poem for Students…

I cranked out this little sonnet for my students, and thought this would be a good place to share it. If you teach, and would like to use it, go for it! Just please let me know.

Please Don’t Center Poems

Please don’t center your poems. Margin left,
which is natural and easy on eyes.
The lines want to sit over here, chickens
on a perch, together and warm, left left.

Please don’t center your poems, since they are
not greeting cards, nor lyrics. They are not
the lines in the road, sides spaced for cars
to pass through, avoiding the swept clean curbs.

Please don’t center your poems, but feel free
.                       to play with the spacing a little bit.
.                                     No one will die if a line wanders out
.                                       with purpose: poetry as detective
.                                                  seeking answers in wide open danger
who makes it home, safely, or                                                                                            moves way out.



Note: the periods at the beginning of the lines in the last stanza are only to get the spacing to show up on here on WordPress.

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