Archive | January, 2018

What We Talk About When We Talk About a Hiatus

8 Jan

After an inexplicably long lull, prompted by a visit to a colleague’s classroom tomorrow (Hi, Ryan!), and inspired by a renewed commitment to Sparklemotion blogging in 2018 recently announced by a number of poets I greatly admire (including Kelli Russell Agodon), I’m going to try and say a few things here, more often.

We’ll see.

I’m skeptical. The Tumblr I keep where I write down passages from what I read (which is fairly LOW STAKES and the opposite of labor-intensive) also seems to languish. This past fall included such delightful news, though, so I’m ripping the Band-Aid off, and defying inertia.

I could not be more ECSTATIC to be joining the ranks of Floating Bridge poets. I had a wonderful time reading from my new book The Meanest Things Pick Clean at both Elliott Bay in Seattle (in October) and Auntie’s Books in Spokane (in November). One of the things that delighted me most was getting introduced to the work of so many great writers. Admittedly, I already knew Maya and Kat, but each time I read new stuff from them, it’s like they are Russian nesting dolls containing words I couldn’t imagine or even fathom.  And they live in my town.  It’s weird, man. I could see them buying eggs or something, and then in their brains, they’re probably coming up with these poems–not just any poems, but THESE poems–these Maya Jewell Zeller and Kathryn Smith poems.

In the spirit of ripping the Band-Aid off and getting back to blogging, I will now share links to amazing poems of all the writers I’ve had the privilege to read with during the past year, either on the Sinkhole Tour promoting After Our Departure from Sage Hill Press, or when releasing The Meanest Things Pick Clean from Floating Bridge.  I love the work of these poets (and one fiction writer–don’t get cranky, Leyna).  I can’t get enough of all of them.

Katy E. Ellis

Tim Greenup

Leyna Krow

Kathryn Smith

Alex Vigue

Maya Jewell Zeller

Ellen Welcker

Also, as a bonus, and to get the year started off right, here is a picture of a dead tree I took in Kansas in December:


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