About two weeks ago, my zombie poem “Secret Origin” graced the seventh flight of Pismire Poetry. And for my second publication credit in a row, I’m featured alongside Nick Courtright.
Pismire has a pretty great aesthetic. You call in to their Google phone number, where a robot prompts you to leave a poem as a message. And then you do just that. It’s pretty fun to listen to garbled voicemails as poems, so I suggest you go check it out.
Over the weekend, I got the latest issue of the Columbia Poetry Review (#26). Besides looking great and being nice and thick, it’s got works by some poets who were pretty influential to me right around the time I actually started taking this whole poetry thing seriously. Okay, semi-seriously. No wait, I mean I don’t take myself seriously.
Specifically, the poets I’m talking about are Oliver de la Paz, whose advice was invaluable to me while he was on my thesis committee, and Rae Armantrout, who is a lot people’s hero and probably doesn’t need me to gush.
But I will anyway: I’m in the issue too, and I can’t believe that I share a book cover with her, and that we’ve both got zombies on the brain (pun intended). I’m grateful to my thesis chair, Bruce Beasley, for introducing me to her work, and I’m grateful to all the editors at CPR (some of whom I got to meet at AWP Boston this year) for accepting my poems “HELP WANTED” and “Earlier.”
It’s a great feeling to see some of my zombies show up in print. And you know, once there’s one zombie, they tend to multiply. Here’s hoping more of them will be showing up in the coming year or so.
Flipping through, I also see poems by J.A. Tyler of Mud Luscious Press and fellow Gold Wake Press labelmate Nick Courtright. Both of these guys deserve high fives and candy. Unless they don’t like candy. Then maybe pizza or something.
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Tagged Bruce Beasley, Chas Hoppe, Columbia Poetry Review, Earlier, Gold Wake Press, HELP WANTED, J.A. Tyler, Joshua Young, Mud Luscious Press, Nick Courtright, Oliver de la Paz, Poetry, Rae Armantrout, Tara Boswell, Zombies
Well, we’re almost done. I tell you, as I’ve been working away on my zombie manuscript this month, the one thing I’m pretty sure of is that I’ve got a lot more writing to do. However, I think I’m going to use next month to edit what I have, and then come up with plan from there.
Here’s some more zombie haiku for you, but I know you frigging love these things.
Posted in National Poetry Month, Poetry, The Decedents, Writing
Tagged 30/30 Challenge, Chas Hoppe, haiku, napomo, National Poetry Month, Poetry, zombie, Zombies
Another zombie haiku for you today. I’ve really gotta thank my mom for those magnets.
I have a feeling there are going to be a few of these zombie haikus
Since this thing began, I’ve been setting myself a timer and making sure I write until it is up, no matter what.
It’s a great exercise, and I almost always find something valuable when I’m sifting through later.
But, last night I wanted to change things up, because it’s good not to feel beholden to one approach just because that’s what you started with.
So, I decided to set a goal instead. One thing I’ve been focusing on as I reenter my zombie collection is counterpoints, countermovements, counter narratives. Anything with a counter in it.
Aside from working on another narrative thread, I’d love to add some short moments, like flashes of things you’re not quite sure what to make of.
To accomplish this, I set a simple goal. Here’s your writing prompt for the day: write five poems with five lines each.
Try it, and maybe post one of the poems in the comments section below.
I’m going to give you “remixes” of the five I wrote. It’s high time I return to the mistranslations game.
For me, zombies have been showing up every day this poetry month as I work toward finishing this silly collection of mine. But today you get a zombie haiku.
I used this as a warmup for the actual writing afterwards, but I’m actually thinking about creating space in my collection for some of these little snippets. What do you think?