I am pleased to announce that Eskimo Pie has accepted 3 of my old school poems for its February issue! When I say “old school” I really mean old school! Two of these poems were written 17 years ago (in my undergraduate creative writing courses no less!), with the third written about 14 years ago. These, admittedly, were hard to place and I am glad finally to have found a home for them. Although I did revise them, I left the gist and the overall blueprint of the original poems intact. Looking back on them, I see a lot of growth as a poet.
Have you ever revisited an earlier work only to see how far you’ve come in your writing? Yeah, these poems have done that for me. I am thankful they have found a home.
I look forward to seeing “The Reflex”, “The Drop Off”, and “Crossed Eyes” in February!
I am pleased to announce that my first nonfiction work is going to be published in Alaska Women Speak’s Winter issue. They have accepted my work “The Important Things.”
I am pleased to announce that Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest has accepted my poem’s “Joanna’s Child” for its Winter Solstice issue. Can’t wait to see it! My Alaskan fans you can purchase Cirque at Barnes & Noble !:)
This poem was published in the Yellow Chair Review’s third issue in July 2015: Sitting in My Bathroom with Nothing Better to do.
This poem was writing while I lived on base in Oklahoma (Tinker AFB). Actually happen. Naughty, but cute puppy, indeed. Enjoy!
Sitting in the Bathroom with Nothing Better to Do
The shower water raged
above my apartment but it did
nothing to dampen his voice.
Get out of my way!
His anger seeped into my
bathroom wall, pouring
in from his living room
on the other side.
That’s more money spent!
What have you to say for yourself?
The gentle voice tried to patch
the cracks in his voice, but
still the water wept in.
I tried, I really tried.
Leaving my bath tub ledge,
I hoped the pipes would clear
by the time I returned with the mail
and they did stop.
Later, as the hot water washed over me,
I remembered his nod and
the puppy’s happy tail as both
greeted me outside.
I waved with my letters in hand;
He waved with the soiled rug and
torn newspaper before returning to
his small friend,
I can’t believe you did that.
I am delighted to announce that Alaska Women Speak has accepted three of my poems for their winter “Talking over Coffee and Tea” issue! Poems are:Babushka’s Samovar, If I May Speak, and High Tea and Fancy Things.
Yay! I will post more details on publication when I get them!