#TPQ5: SAMANTHA MERZ
What will Samantha Merz, published by Fevers of the Mind Poetry Digest, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: JOSEPH EDWIN HAEGER
What will Joseph Edwin Haeger, author of When I Am a Famous Person (Optography Press), & Learn to Swim (University of Hell Press), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: GILL McEVOY
What will Gill McEvoy, winner of the 2015 Michael Marks Award, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
REVIEW – SPACE STRUCK BY PAIGE LEWIS (SARABANDE BOOKS)
In a year of absolutely gorgeous verse, Paige Lewis sets themselves apart, at once informed by the masters of craft and entirely unique in their own right. This is a collection you won’t want to miss.
#TPQ5: COLIN BANCROFT
What will Colin Bancroft, winner of the 2016 poets and players prize, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: JILL MCELDOWNY
What will Jill Mceldowny, author of the Airs Above Ground (Finishing Line Press) and Kisses Over Babylon (dancing girl press), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: BRIAN S. ELLIS
What will Brian S. Ellis, author of Often Go Awry from University of Hell Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: KEVIN SPENST
What will Kevin Spenst, the author of Ignite, and Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
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#TPQ5: LEAH CALLEN
What will Leah Callen, whose poems can be found in The Malahat Review, Vallum Magazine, Kissing Dynamite, and Barren Magazine, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
#TPQ5: JANE FLEMING
What will Jane Fleming, author of Ocotillo Worship (APEP Publications, 2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
Omg. In my lifetime, moms were actually accused and hated, disabused themselves, for “making their sons homos.”
#TPQ5: ALAN PARAY
What will Alan Paray, Published poet and playwright from Merseyside, England, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
We are equals who do not know it. We are hidden behind skin and bones and names and colors and genders and identity, but we are not whole.
What will Ross Robbins, author of The Three EPs, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
What will Salam Wosu include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
Who will Jaye Simpson, queer indigenous trans woman trying to survive the end of the world, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
This is the poet, reflecting inwardly, recalling moments when ‘the sad trickles in like morning rays’ with the empowering and uplifting revelation: ’you can rise to face it’.
The reason isn’t always so obvious, but wear masks and costumes at each stage of life. We are, in most moments, who we choose to be. And in others, we become, well, others.
Music provides a table of contents for life. It doesn’t always make sense, but it’s the order of things and it tries to present some pretty scenery.
When language and bodies and heritage and history don’t make sense, it’s not easy to find yourself within the world. When the words your family speak turn to those once spoken. When your parents silence your voice, and all you want to do is remember the sound of theirs.
Kirby’s poem had to be read twice and three times and more because it grips you by the throat and doesn’t let go.
It’s an encyclopedia of the seedy, the attractive, the “I” of life within modern times and modern body. It’s sort of like the words many want to say, but then get caught up in the moment, and can’t remember what they were thinking anymore.
It’s being told that “making love is for making babies / and gays are intrinsically disordered,” and realizing all the misguided beliefs behind that statement. Realizing that your love for another is in no way a disorder.
You have to be ready for this collection. You have to prepare to feel. You have to be able to breathe. You have to know that War/Torn is a journey, and a metaphor that digs well beyond the surface.
I saw poetry as much more complex and rewarding than I had originally thought it would be over the years. Poetry is the one form that can take the readers to another level of meaning and power.