New Work!

Three years ago, I started working on a series of poems about colony collapse in bees. Even then, I saw it as a figure for how we are facing the quite real possibility of the structural failure of society as we know it. Guernica was nice enough to publish one. Read it here.

Support a Good Cause and Read Some Good Poems

Please consider supporting a good cause! The latest issue of Impossible Task has just dropped, and readers can get early access for a $5+ donation. 100% of the proceeds will be split between The Okra Project and The Loveland Foundation, which facilitate mental health and other services for the Black Trans community and Black women and girls, respectively. The issue also features three poems by me as well as many other crazy-talented people. I’ll include one as a “teaser.” Click here to purchase early access to the issue.

New Work!

Kyle Marler of Flatsitter, an AV artist collective which specializes in virtual environments, was kind enough to solicit a poem from me for his P/P/E series in response to our current crisis. Please check it out! I’ll include the full text of the poem below:

Pandemic

The world has become
contagious with us.
The parade passing on Queen St.
paused, still. The confetti
now litter. Our president broadcasts
from his snowglobe to assert:
we will never run out of masks.
Poor pharaohs, we
wrap ourselves in toilet paper;
our servants wear surgical gloves
in this new afterlife
where everything’s remade
more imaginary
and more real.

 

All Black Lawrence Titles Now 50% Off!

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My press, Black Lawrence, is offering 50% off all of their books! Including…cough…mine. But there are some many other great authors with books on this press, including fellow Midwesterner Ruth WilliamsFlatlands. And, if you order now, I will honor my original book promotion from 2018. Purchase a copy, and post a picture of your favorite poem to Facebook, tag me, and I’ll happily post a video of me reading the poem for you!

Order your book here!

Reading at Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City

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I’ll be reading in Iowa City Friday, January 31st with Amanda Auerbach, who’ll be reading from her new book What Need Have We for Such as We. This reading will be a bit of a homecoming for me. The reading starts at 7pm, but I’ll be there earlier in the cafe, having a few beers to get my nerves up. Feel free to say hello before the reading.  If you’re able,  RSVP to the Facebook invite here.