My poem “I Bet Beavers Never Want to Live a Different Life” is included in the January Retrospective of the Plath Poetry Project. I was responding to Sylvia Plath’s poem “The Munich Mannequins,” which she wrote on January 28, 1963. My poem, written on the same day in 2018, adopts some of Plath’s structure and the word “glittering.” It’s an odd little duck, in which my friend Kathie and her dog Lily appear alongside Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and beaver lodges. Photo credit: Bob Arnebeck
My poem “The Finding of Erichthonius”: A Study in Stages is published in the “Pictures” edition of The Ilanot Review! This poem is an ekphrastic response to one of my favorite paintings ever, “The Finding of Erichthonius,” housed at The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. By Peter Paul Rubens, the painting (which is only a fragment of the larger original) takes on the story of the discovery of the snake-legged infant Erichthonius, son of Hephaestus (aka Vulcan) and Gaia. In addition to being intrigued by the Greek myth, most interesting to me is the story of the painting itself, made in 1632-33, but cut into sections and later…
My poem “Malum” (originally published in Mom Egg Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017) was highlighted in the Trubadour newsletter! Trubadour – “the poetry network” – is a start-up created by Rebecca Roach. As she describes it, it’s a space for poetry in a share-and-connect world, a platform for writing and finding poems by contemporary poets. Check out the newsletter for her profile of my poem and for all kinds of interesting poetry news and poems! Thanks, Rebecca Roach!
I have a poem up once again at the Plath Poetry Project! My poem “Ball & Chain” is in response to Plath’s poem “Thalidomide.” In her poem, I was drawn to the adjective “spidery,” and to the language of spilled mercury, termination, and violent birth. I also really like her phrase “to carpenter a space”; there’s something powerful about the idea of creating room, physically or mentally or emotionally, though both her poem and mine are ultimately more destructive than creative.
My poem “Fawn” is up at the MER VOX folio, the Mom Egg Review’s online quarterly, assembled around a given theme for each season. The winter 2017 edition was curated beautifully, as always, by Jennifer Colella Martelli and Cindy Veach. This issue is representing the #MeToo movement, and I couldn’t be more honored to lend my voice to the mix of other voices telling our individual yet collective stories.