We arrive at the hotel like royalty— remembered, waved through the sea breeze of halls and floors to our room, a welcome platter of fruit, chilled bottle of wine, a card—that’s all it takes to pull off our clothes, shower, sit on the balcony white-robed, watch the waves rolling toward us until they roll all the way in and we let go the body that struggles, let anything and everything swim out of us, follow a dark fin far and away from the old shore, the sea surging, filling my mouth with its need to be tasted—salt lick, tongue slick with the eloquence of stars.
I’m so happy to have this poem appear in Blue Heron Review’s Issue 16, whose theme was Sanctuaries & Places of Peace, along with almost 50 others! Big thanks to editor Cristina Norcross! I’ve pasted my poem here for ease of reading (since my poem is nine from the end) but here is the link to the whole issue, so many nourishing poems to enjoy: https://blueheronreview.com/bhr-issue-16-spring-2023/
For anyone who wanted to attend my virtual poetry reading last Saturday – and couldn’t – there is now a link to the video, hooray: Fluid Vessels Poetry Reading. Many thanks to the Montreal PP staff and all the work they do behind the scenes! It’s one hour and first you see the poster, then an inset of the director of the Montreal PP and then it automatically goes fullscreen. I’m first up. There’s 10 minutes at the end where we all answer questions and I’m asked a question after that at the very end by a viewer, about “Date Night”. Thanks so much for your interest and support!
I’m so pleased my poem TRUST ACCOUNT has just been published in Wordrunner eChapbooks #48, whose theme was Salvage/Salvaged. It was one of those poems tweaked over many years and really, it’s a tribute to my dad (now passed). Many thanks to editor Jo-Anne Rosen for including it – such a beautiful job she does with these chapbooks! You can read the whole chapbook here – lots of fiction and non-fiction and just 3 poems.
On another note, I’d just like to say that my first online reading went very well and was an uplifting experience! Thank you to all who tuned in, whether actively or vibrationally.
After a few months away in Mexico (fabulous!) I am back home, ready to catch up and post updates on my writing life etc. First up is this Fluid Vessels event in one week! It’s one hour with the three of us reading for about 12 minutes each and a Q & A after. We were all finalists for the 2022 Montreal PP. Interestingly I have on my bookshelf one of Miranda Pearson’s earlier books (“Harbour”) so it’s a thrill to be reading alongside her – and I’ve come across (and liked) Khaty Xiong’s poems in various journals along the way. I hope you can join us! Here’s a link to event registration – and a thousand thank yous if you’re able to listen in!
Thrilled to receive the news that my poem “Prawns” which appeared in the June issue of “Halfway Down the Stairs” has been nominated for Best of the Net 2022! Many thanks to editors Jeannie E. Roberts and Phillip Watts Brown! You can read (or reread) the poem here
I’m thrilled one of my oldest poems has finally found the perfect home in Thimble Literary Magazine! My deep thanks to editor Nadia Arioli and her staff, who promote their contributors in as many ways as they can – they are a poet’s dream team! There will be a print version of the issue but my poem can be read now in their online one here
I’m thrilled to report that my poem “Ladies’ Night Out” was one of 57 finalist poems for the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2022 and will be published along with the winner and other finalist poems in a contest anthology! My poem can be read here
I did share this news in a Facebook post a couple of weeks ago when I briefly had wifi. I am still away on our boat but at last have some consistent wifi coverage! The winner was announced yesterday and you can read her poem and the judge’s commentary here
It’s a win-win in my book when a contest (and this was a big one with a huge purse) offers publication to the finalists as well as the winner. My poem is one dear to me, I’ve tweaked it a few times over the years and I’m so pleased it finally gets to go out into the world in such an honorable way.
I’m thrilled to report that my two poems – “The Fog Lifts” and “Seagull” can now be read/viewed at Crowstep Journal Collection 2. My deep thanks to editors Sujatha Menon and John Herbert – such a beautifully crafted issue! Plus they have a Library section with links to authors’ books (like mine) and under Articles you can find a two-part Q & A that poet extraordinaire Robert Okaji did with me a few years ago!
I’m heading off on our boat again soon. Hope everyone is having a great summer!