One thing I love as much as poetry, music, and art: community! On Saturday, August 20th, I am honored to be included in this amazing FREE community event that is showcasing local talent right in Long Beach. I get to share a stage with these talented people I also get to call friends. It’s an outdoor family-friendly event that begins at 12:30 and continues to 6:30, located at the Bandshell in Recreation Park off 7th and Park Ave. Check out the Facebook event page for event more details.
The Black Napkin is a gorgeous journal full of equally gorgeous poetry edited by Torrin Greathouse and Matt Rouse. They have graciously included three of my poems that are very near to my heart: “Circles for Words”, “Slow Skinning”, and “Center of the Nucleus”. You can flip through the virtual pages with custom art for free! They have open submissions, so consider sending them some of your own work. blacknapkinpress.wordpress.com
I am incredibly proud of my newest project. Please take a look!
Angel City Review just released their 3rd issue! Two of my poems, “Keansburg Park, 2012” and “Boy, Emaciating Slow”, were chosen. This lovely journal focuses on authors in the Los Angles area, including a few friends, Mike Sonksen, Marcus Clayton, and AJ Urquidi. It’s a completely free download featuring the photography of Benjamin Harmon.
I saw you on TV lastnight
tall and skinnyextra nervous
your off-set fashion
you were talking with David Letterman
(who wouldn’t listen)
you kept looking away grimacing
you mention Ulysses and Snoop Dogg
I felt like calling or driving
to your apartment and no-talking
I just wanted you to know
he was trying to be nice
maybe you knew
he didn’t get you
but the likeness wasn’t perfect
maybe it wasn’t you
he displayed his hair and his face
you are much more socially adept
still there you were
sitting in your brownpantsuit
talking about taped bacon
I just thought you’d want to know
sometimes I see your handwriting in my stereo cabinet
sometimes I hear you standing with hands on your hips
sometimes I forget I can’t drink Kool-Aid anymore
I have the deepest honor to be selected for the 3rd year in a row in Kind of a Hurricane Press’s Best of Anthology, Storm Cycle 2015. The collection draws from their many print anthologies and from their online journals. This year, “Oceans Once Receded” and “To Hello Kitty From My Little Pony at WE Labs” share pages with other incredible poets such as my dear friends Kelsey Bryan-Zwick and Tina Pocha. Please go to kindofahurricanepress.com to get a copy and view the long list of poetry publications they offer!
You are the mistake I want to make
I will wrap myself in your red flags
and let you peel them off
one silk layer at a time
You are the regret I want to have
I’ll bind you in my caution tape
lay on a bed of warning signs
cold metal against warm skin
cools your burning in my eyes
You are the fucked up mess
I want to roll around in
like a mud happy dog
drenched in your scent
I will not shake you out
How do you unsense me?
(First published in East Jasmine Review)
I’ll be featuring at The Last Saturday of the Month Open Mic in Tarzana on May 28th from 2 to 4:30 pm. I’m looking forward to a full set of poems after a much needed break. They have an open reading list if you want to share something of your own. Check out lots more details on Facebook!