“Etheree for Heather Heyer” Out in Poetry South

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Unattended pushcart advertising “frankfurts” with sauerkraut or onions, ice-cold soft drinks, and pies for 5 cents on a rain-soaked wharf.

I was pleased to receive a wonderful holiday package in the mail today: four copies of Poetry South, with my Pushcart-nominated “Etheree for Heather Heyer” among many other works I am looking forward to reading.

In the interim between my nomination and the arrival of the journal, I have been reading poems from 2017 that are published at Poetry South’s website. They couple a dreamy, lyrical sensibility with a sense of the urgent and ominous in a way that seems at once traditionally Southern and reflective of our current fraught moment in history. Although I was born and raised in the North, my mother was originally Southern, and I seem to have, perhaps through her, a taste for lyricism and a sense of tragedy that fit with strong themes running through Southern literature, from Faulkner through Tennessee Williams, and again, in different form, in Poetry South. However I acquired these, I am happy that my poem partakes of them and is out in strong, distinctive company.

Photo credit: Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Overseas Operations Branch. New York Office. News and Features Bureau. Picture Division. Exhibit Section. (1942 – 1945). Unattended pushcart advertising “frankfurts” with sauerkraut or onions, ice-cold soft drinks, and pies for 5 cents on a rain-soaked wharf. Ca. 1939. image.png PD. Wikimedia Commons.

“Birds of a Feather” Podcast by Nosleep!

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I am thrilled that my story, “Birds of a Feather,” first published in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned 27, has been podcast by Nosleep Podcast! It is in a podcast called “Suddenly Shocking, Volume 9,” which is only available to Season 11 subscribers, but then Season 11 is available on the Nosleep website for a mere $19.99. For that price, you get a ton of stories, and your money goes to support the authors, voice actors, and other elements of Nosleep‘s fantastic production values.

I liked my story before, but the dark intro, voice acting, sound effects, music, and even cover art for Volume 9 all add immeasurably to the original written piece. It is exciting to hear it in this medium, and I can’t wait to hear all the other stories, too. So if you are at all horrifically inclined, check out Nosleep. I can’t guarantee you’ll be glad you did, but your nightmares should be vivid and interesting.  

 

Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Coriolan, Harpie. Monstrorum historia d’Ulisse Androvandi, p. 337, 1642. Wikimedia Commonsimage.png PD.

Pushcart Prize Nomination!

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If you remember, my poem, “Etheree for Heather Heyer,” was accepted by Poetry South and will be out this month.

I am still reeling from the news that Poetry South has nominated me, along with five other poets, for a Pushcart Prize! This is the first time I have been nominated, and I am deeply grateful. The murder of Heather Heyer,  who was extraordinary yet unassuming in her kindness, is tragic both in itself and when viewed as a synecdoche for all the needless suffering under our country’s current regime. I hope this recognition of my small tribute will lead to a few more people reading it, and perhaps feeling afresh all we have lost.

 

Photo credit: Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Overseas Operations Branch. New York Office. News and Features Bureau. Picture Division. Exhibit Section. (1942 – 1945). Unattended pushcart advertising “frankfurts” with sauerkraut or onions, ice-cold soft drinks, and pies for 5 cents on a rain-soaked wharf. Ca. 1939. image.png PD. Wikimedia Commons.