Dailies 5/25/18


Julie Bruck – After Lorne

The doughy older man in a Marine Bulldogs jacket
signals his wife in the crowded hospital pharmacy,
clutching his bagged prescription like a dead pheasant.

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 Lynn Schmeidler  – If Only You Could See Me As I Want To Be Seen 

This young woman has ten boyfriends
nine little black dresses and a birthmark
in the shape of Florida on her forehead.

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DéLana R.A. Dameron – My Love Is Black

You might say fear
is a predictable emotion
& I might agree. Whenever
my husband leaves
for his graveyard shift,
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“Self-promotion requires you to confront the fact that your work probably won’t appeal to everyone, but it doesn’t have to.”

“Self-promotion requires you to confront the fact that your work probably won’t appeal to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. Once you realize this, you’ll find a feeling of confidence, creative freedom, and satisfaction in knowing that the people who are engaging with your work are doing it because they want to, and not just because they haven’t unsubscribed yet.

“That said, there are some industry standards for how to pace your messaging so as not to overdo it. A good place to start is by posting to Instagram or other social networks about 1-2 times a day, posting Instagram Stories and tweets whenever the mood strikes, and emailing no less than once a month (ideally once a week). But, the response of your audience is the best measure of how much is too much. If people tune out from your posts and emails after a particularly busy period, odds are you might be overdoing it, and you could ease up for a bit.”

A creative person’s guide to thoughtful promotion: A guide by artist and creative strategist Kathryn Jaller with illustrations by Molly Fairhurst – The Creative Independent 

“You tell the story that’s under the story.”

NYT Magazine’s Rita Dove on what poetry might grant unsuspecting news readers – Brendan Fitzgerald – New York Times – May 25, 2018

“I always thought this was essentially the way in which poets worked. We were the modern-day griots. You tell the story, but you tell the story that’s under the story. You bring to light human reactions to grander events, in the hope that people will recognize themselves in it. This is ongoing. My editorial positions have always been seen through that lens. There is a larger world than one’s own problems—whether one had chocolate that day or not.”

Dailies 5/24/18


Hannah Louise Poston – Julia Hungry

She reconstructs her ruptured orange peel
while telling me about the fancy meal
(such slick glass noodles, she could slip them down
without the use of teeth, and bloodless beets

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Tami Haaland  – A Different Witching Hour 

What my friend calls it, different
from the one at home that comes
in the silence after midnight
when everyone is asleep

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Charif Shanahan – If I Am Alive To

A second death in as many days and I succeed at being 
Strong and contained, until the tweet 
Where one young brother says I’m not scared of dying,
I’m scared of breaking my mother’s heart. I am flesh
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British poetry scene fails diversity test

Ode to whiteness: British poetry scene fails diversity test– Study shows poets of colour are underrepresented in the UK, as Forward poetry prizes announce trailblazing shortlists – Alison Flood – Guardian – May 24, 2018

“In order for poets to have a certain prominence there have to be reviews, there has to be a critical evaluation of their work in the contemporary moment in which they exist – otherwise there is just a really skewed picture we have of people’s importance,” said poet and academic Sandeep Parmar, who commissioned the report. “We can see that in the 20th century, and we can see it happening now. There has to be enough critical attention paid, and the right kind of critical attention – critics who are knowledgeable about race and knowledgeable about culture and identity and belonging.”

Parmar said the report had already had an impact, with newspapers including the Guardian and the TLS committing to commissioning more critics of colour….

New New Yorker feature. This month’s stars are Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón!!!!

ooooo Kevin Young is awesome.

Check out the new feature he’s editing at The New Yorker:

“ENVELOPES OF AIR”  Two poets forge a bond amid the shifting landscape of contemporary America. – Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz – Illustrations by Rachel Levit Ruiz – New Yorker – May 23, 2018
Young writes:

“From January through September of 2017, the poets Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón conducted an inspired and collaborative correspondence. The resulting poem-letters reveal, as most missives do, their writers’ lives, but also a time and a place—one in which the immigration officers of ice are as present figures as the poets’ partners and lovers—that ultimately expose and explore the American character…. 

“…This collaboration also marks a début for The New Yorker of a new recurring poetry feature that will be published exclusively on the Web, where we will present innovative and exciting new work, from longer-form pieces to sequences and collaborations. This inaugural installment is accompanied by audio recordings and a special edition of our monthly podcast, so you can not only read but hear the complex and consuming voices of these innovative poets and poems.”

Dailies 5/23/18


Maryann Corbett – Creed

When I haul my carcass up from my creaking knees
to mumble the old form
(stubbing my tongue on the brick of a new translation)

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Sean Thomas Dougherty – Our Love as Lead Belly or 

What howling, what teeth pick
& guitar, chords
to slash across our limbs
against their lynch mobs,

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David St. John – Before Dawn

You ask me again this evening
          at what price

Does wisdom finally come
          in any life
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The Viral Instapoem about Meghan Markle’s Mom

Chicago woman’s poem on Meghan Markle’s mom — and all single moms — goes viral – Mary Schmtch – Chicago Tribune – 5/22/18

“Obviously, Honore had struck a nerve. In the deluge of commentaries on the social significance of the marriage of a biracial American to a white English prince, Honore’s quick 300 words expressed something a lot of people were feeling but hadn’t heard in such a pithy way.”

Lesle Honore  – For the Dorias of the world

For the Dorias of the world

Who will sit alone

At graduations and weddings

At baseball games and school plays

At proms and award ceremonies

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Most of your friends & family members will never read any of the books you write

This is esp. true for poetry:

“Before I ever published anything, I’d assumed that if I ever finished a book, there would be so much demand from family and friends alone that we’d have to go into a second printing before the release date. But I am here to tell you: most people in your family will never buy your book. Most of your friends won’t either.”  

Who Will Buy Your Book? – Tom McAllister – The Millions – May 21, 2018

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