Acts of Speech Is Out

Acts of Speech is now out and in the wild in e-format. (The print is a bit delayed due to the pandemic, although I now have a UPS tracking number for proofs, which is a change!) The poetry book explores performative, public, and private religious speech and how they construct identity and difference. It blends praise…

Poem: The Dropbox Near Sunset

I walked an hour to the secure ballot dropbox and back, or thirty minutes each way. Here is a quick poem inspired by the walk. Enjoy, and be sure to vote if you are in the USA and able to do so! The Dropbox Near Sunset A procession — beginning home,my destination a box downtownwhere…

Update: ACTS OF SPEECH

The logistics of Acts of Speech are coming together. When I decided to self-publish a poetry book, it was partially an experiment because I don’t know how self-publishing works, and this is a good first try. By the time each i is dotted and each t is crossed, I will have a firm idea of…

The Season of Expansion

I.The void, too, bubbles:Voidless static sunders us,swelling years yawn wide. II.Follow the linelessharmony as she builds up —bursts forth — a new seed. This morning, I reached the part of The Poem’s Heartbeat about syllable-count verse; Corn mentioned that haiku are generally supposed to be contextualized against the seasons. While I wrote haiku in my…

Skillbuilding in Verse #2: Second Hour of Waking

8 AM — a dullsky oozing through glass,storms forecast — a lullof stillness must pass, one more hollow hourbefore work should start —rushing to shower,to speak prayers (by heart memorized, rootedand constitutedof tisane and sounds) —while incense surroundsand each moment moveson a clock’s fine grooves. This morning, I decided to write a poem about the…

Skillbuilding in Verse (#1)

Most of my poems either go by syllable count, (more or less) iambic pentameter, or a combination. This has been true since I started writing poetry as a child. Iambic pentameter is like a well-loved pair of jeans that you can dress up to go out or dress down to stay in. For a while…

Poem in Reckoning 4

General writing update: Yesterday, January 1, Reckoning 4 was released. The literary journal features speculative writing on environmental justice. #4 focuses on challenges with the built environment. You can look at the Table of Contents and find the links to purchase it here — the ebook is available from Amazon or from Weightless Books ($7),…

Lexember 2019: December 25-31

December 25 Heneån /ˈhɛ.nə͡ɔn/, n. Class D. Dampener, as in something that reduces noise. Plural heneåmua. Heneåni, dampened. Aheneånit, to dampen, to reduce noisiness. Heneånịfua, earplugs. Ịf /ɪf/, n. Class N. Ear. Mė nihata miha ćofi hėa vo mėis shassåham heneånịfua.I had no mental clarity and wanted earplugs. Ịfua mėi sėin rer gianit shitarasuo.My ears rang due to the loud noise/clash. December 26…

Ending 2019

My annual year in review post, with a focus on writing: Some stats, some project updates, reflections on how much time social media sucked away before my hiatus, and goals for 2020.