In the realm of good news, Teeth & Teeth made the list of “Best Loved Books in 2018,” according to Headmistress Press. Thank you to everyone who purchased the book. I’m very grateful to Natalie Diaz, who selected it for publication.
The most recent issue of MAYDAY Magazine features LGBTQ poets, writers, and artists. Heartfelt thanks to the guest editors, Chad Dimock and Amy King, for including my poem “The Heights” in this issue.
I’ve been considering the possibility of starting a blog about all-things-poetry for many months now. It’s not that I think I have the answers. Or even the questions. I’m not looking for a soapbox. But I am interested in the blog as zocolo, as town square, a place of exchange and conversation.
I attended two grad programs in creative writing, and the thing that struck me then and now is that the conversations both in class and outside of class were sensational. I can remember sitting in the private room at the Brown Bottle (Iowa City) listening to my friends Stephanie Brown and Jeff Hamilton talking about Lester Bangs, People magazine, and the new formalists all at the same time and thinking, This is really something. Twenty years later I feel exactly the same way.
Great conversations are getting rare. In her book, turning to one another, Margaret Wheatley argues for a renaissance of the conversation. She outlines the norms that must exist for honest conversation to take place. My favorite one is, “We must stay curious about one another.”
There’s so much to talk about. Let’s begin the begin.