The closeness of the sky

At the beginning of March, my family bundled up and flew to Iceland. I experienced some of the most magical moments of my life and some of the most evocative naturescapes in the world. (This is one 30 Before 35 trip I’d like to repeat!)

I’ll write more about it all in the future, but for now, enjoy this wander verse.

I’ve traded the closeness of the city for the
closeness of the sky,
blurred, electric midnights for
soft, smudged sunsets.
In the quiet, my every breath sings.

P.S. SKIN was nominated for the SFPA’s Rhysling Award, and I recently received my comp copy of the anthology. I’m grateful for the support and honored.


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Potterweek: PotterParks

The folks over at Common Room are celebrating Harry Potter this week with Potterweek – a week long web event with shared content about one of the most magical series out there. You can check out the prompt list and details here.

I’d wanted to participate but got my dates mixed up and thought I’d missed it. Luckily, I’m just in time for the prompt I wanted to write about since it’s also part of my 30 Before 30 list – PotterParks!

I haven’t been to the Wizarding World in Orlando, which is the dream, especially since they added Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express, but next year, a version of the Wizarding World is opening up at Universal Studios Hollywood! So I will hopefully be able to go to that and report back.

For this post though, I want to talk about how amazing it was to go to the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour in England with my sister and college roommate, M. No, there weren’t any rides or character actors or shows, but it was still so much fun and beyond cool because the studio tour had the actual sets they built and the real props and costumes. It was wonderful walking through so many years of cinematic Harry Potter history.

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Summer, Salt-Sweet

This Flashback Friday bit of micro-poetry brought to you by summer restlessness and the unreal natural beauty of Capri, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Italy. I hope to visit again and linger longer.

Summer, salt-sweet

Summer drips honeyed heat
and I remember you,
and limestone cliffs
and Roman ruins,
our days salt-sweet.
Your kiss lemon-tart.
Your eyes blue
as the seas of Capri.