By the Water

In the dark, two summers ago, my friends and I stood in my backyard staring up at the night sky. We were trying to catch a glimpse of the Perseids meteor shower, despite the light pollution. It was a new moon, clear out, and the shower was having a peak year. So we thought we might see something.

I honestly can’t remember if we did see anything – maybe one or two streaks of light – but an inkling of a poem had become caught in the orbit of my subconscious. A month later, I started writing.

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Portrait of me by the amazing Kate Trish

NIGHT SWIM is a poem in which I tried to capture a certain experience of my favorite season- lazy heat and silken water, a dark expansive sky, a sense of both possibility and stillness, contentedness.

So I’m pleased to have NIGHT SWIM appear in Liminality’s Issue 12 – Summer 2017.

I hope you enjoy it, and that you’ll take a dip with me.

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Some poem aesthetics.

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The standalone photos (and 1 in the collage) are mine from my winter/spring trip to Iceland.* I swam in the Blue Lagoon in the late afternoon, but earlier in the trip, I did take a night swim at the Secret Lagoon. It was the most magical night of my life, floating in the hot water, watching the aurora borealis literally dance and change colors in long ribbons unfurling overhead. Of course, the only camera I had at the time was my phone.


*Most of the photos in collage not mine -some free use, some Pinterest.
**Special thx to Sarah Goldberg for pushing me on my imagery & diction.

Supplement:
(Music) Meet Me by the Water | Rachel Yamagata
(Music) Details in the Fabric | Jason Mraz
(Music) Stay Low | Ryn Weaver

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Awards Eligibility 2016

Still weird to me that this is something I get to do. I had 2 poems published in 2016 that are eligible to be nominated for awards (like the SFPA’s Rhysling Award) if that’s something you do.

1. SUSURRUS in Through the Gate, September 2016

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The poem is linked above, but I wrote a little bit about the inspiration for it here: Of Sand and Stardust.

 

2. SKIN in Liminality Issue No. 10 – Winter 2016/2017

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Again, the poem is linked above, but I wrote about the inspiration and aesthetics here: Shift.

 

Thank you for your consideration and for reading!

Shift

It seems fitting that as the strange, tumultuous year that was 2016 closed, the first poem I wrote in 2016 should step into the fading light of December.

I wrote SKIN in February 2016, out of the gray depths of winter. Perhaps it was a response to a nameless restlessness inside me or the unconsciously absorbed rumblings warning of a fraught time to come, but a very specific story came to me about a being who is constantly searching for something, who loses and finds themselves, who isn’t afraid to change. A shapeshifter.

SKIN” was published in Liminality, a speculative poetry magazine, Issue #10 Winter 2016/17.

I feel so honored to have this poem included in an issue of Liminality that includes so much gorgeous poetry about transformation and fierce determination. I hope you’ll take your time and go through the entire issue. It’s so worth it.

Some poem aesthetics for “Skin.”

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I wrote this poem all at once, and it spurred a creative burst for me early in 2016. It led to my connecting more meaningfully with a few of my writer friends too. I often think of “Skin” as paired with “Susurrus,” which sold right after I found out that “Skin” had been accepted. These 2 poems were my favorites of everything I’d written last year.

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I hope you enjoyed “Skin” and any of my poetry from 2016! I’m still coming out of my shell when it comes to sharing my work, and it’s been scary but worth it. Thank you for sticking around.

There will be more words in this new year! I hope it moves you.

 

*Images in the collages are from my pins on Pinterest. They are not mine.
**Thanks SJM for your feedback & early enthusiasm/encouragement.
***Thanks Alz, Tracey, Sarah G, and Eva always for your feedback & help.

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Hart & Hunter

In high school, I joked to my friends that I’d grow up to be a penniless poet. It made sense because I liked to write, and while I had very little formal education in poetry, I enjoyed reading and dabbling in it.

Fast forward to not-so-long-ago, and I’d all but given it up. Thanks to Twitter and writer friends*, I found my way back to poetry and started to feel like maybe I wasn’t terrible at it. I wrote a few, made a resolution to submit (no. 11) ** a few, subbed a couple to online lit-mags, and left it to fair fortune.

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I’m incredibly excited to say STRANGE HORIZONS accepted one of my poems for publication***, and it’s part of this week’s issue!

You can read my poem ACTAEON now if you have a few spare minutes.

It would make my day if you did.

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