This is for the people who make us who we are. For the parents, grandparents, heroes. For the authors who speak our hearts into existence. For the friends who knew us before we changed our last names. This is for the readers who want to be part of something but do not know how. For … Continue reading To You.
Some poems have disappeared over time. Every writer has at least one: a half-memory of some pivotal moment that no longer has any physical proof. I can clearly picture one day after school in the 7th grade while I watched a boy I didn’t know I loved read a poem I wrote for him. I … Continue reading Brandon and my Great, Gaping Heart
In 2018, community can happen anywhere. I just happened to find some pretty amazing inspiration on Kickstarter. So far, I’ve helped support a variety of arts-oriented projects, including: A library in the UK An arts center in the Pacific Northwest A community print shop in Vermont (one of our on-again-off-again married dreams, minus the Vermont … Continue reading Why Kickstarter?
This weirdly cool Economist Postcard set at the ever-delightful Seminary Co-Op bookstore 2. A recent book by my favorite living artist, Maira Kalman, and a cool postcard set by Mark Mothersbaugh 3. Selected writings of Ray Johnson. He was into this whole mail art thing. 4. Collected nonfiction by the wonderful Sandra Cisneros (also at … Continue reading Recent Finds
When I used to sit down to write, I heard a lot of voices in my head. Some sounded like the person I wanted to be. Some were my grandmothers and other imagined ancestors. One was a collective shout of all the Baptists I've known. Many were the writers I loved. No matter who it … Continue reading Call and Response (Or, Learning to Love my own Voice)
I wrote my first poem on September 12, 2001; I was eleven years old. It rhymed. It probably sucked. It was remarkably hopeful. Since then, my poetic life has worn many shades. It's hard to remember what drove that first impulse over 16 years ago (aside from the obvious national crisis or an early summer … Continue reading P.S. Poems: A New Venture