Poetry Roundup Week 2: Periods, Stairwells, and Swallowing

These are my favorite poems from around the interwebs this week! This Stairwell Was Not A Random Act The #MeToo campaign is still rattling around my brain, and I think this poem speaks to the kind of confusion and blurring that can happen after an assault. It's also a powerful piece with metaphor that sticks. … Continue reading Poetry Roundup Week 2: Periods, Stairwells, and Swallowing

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Poetry Roundup Week 1: Donald Trump, Domestic Violence, and Tao

I spend too much time sending poems to journals, literary magazines, and chapbook publishers. Occasionally I blindly hit submit, but 99% of the time I do at least a little research into whatever publisher I'm sending my work to. That means most weeks, I read a lot of poems. I figured there's probably someone out … Continue reading Poetry Roundup Week 1: Donald Trump, Domestic Violence, and Tao

Pesky Pantoums

When I was first introduced to this 15th century poetry form, I despised it with a burning passion. If I could print out all the pantoums in the world and set them ablaze, I would have. They're easy to write. They're near impossible to write well.