See Me in Salem and in Quiddity!

(I’m writing this from the airport in the midst of an hour and twenty minute delay, so forgive me if there are more typos and less cat photos than usual!)

  • I’m at the airport because I’m headed to Salem, Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. I’ll be a presenter, along with Kathleen Ageuro, Karen V. Kukil (editor of Plath’s journals, which !!!!!!!) (I mean, she’s like the literary Beyonce) and our fearless and awesome moderator, Emily Van Duyne, on “‘She was come back to her early sea-town home:’ Sylvia Plath and the North Shore.” I’ll be talking about witchcraft, alchemy, American history, and invasive species. I’ll also offer a series of important reasons why the patriarchy should be smashed.
  • If you’re not going to be in Salem tomorrow, you can find my words in the latest issue of Quiddity, in which I am proud to have two poems.
  • Also, this morning, I walked out to find a stray black cat stretched out in front of my car and I’m pretty sure she was there to wish me safe travels to the motherland.

Two Poems and an Ode to Arcade Fire

  • I’ve got two new poems up at IthacaLit that would love it if you paid them a visit. Last IMG_5183month, right after medi(t)ations came out, my amazing work family hosted a book release party for me. I read these poems for the first time at that party and thanked the good people I work with for building a community where I felt comfortable enough to read the poems — and to write them. I feel like, since I started working here, I’ve written the most important poems of and to and in my life. These are two of those poems.
  • To¬†continue the theme of school families, I’ve got a Fairy-Tale File up at the Fairy Tale Review. Each Fairy-Tale File takes a look at three versions of a fairy tale — or, in my case, a myth. I chose the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, which I learned to love through my Rilke class and learned to re-love through Arcade Fire’s Reflektor, which makes this a double shout-out to my alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College. Check it out here! And then you should totally watch Arcade Fire videos because they are awesome, even without cats.