Review: Candy Cigarette

16 is sacrifice. Serpents seek skin. Sequestration a season, and then they begin — reptilian gazes, demon enchantment, sheepskin, diabolists who crave consumption within. You are an entrance. Composition is doors, all orifices, indefensible pores. – From “An Entrance is Not an Exit” In her latest full-length collection, Candy Cigarette: Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press,Continue reading “Review: Candy Cigarette”

Kick

I’d complain it’s too hot             But I know you                  and you would tell me that your skin was practically peeling off the             bone             yesterday. And you wouldn’t remember the metal sign with the dachshund cut out                         in curly q’s that marked the entrance to the hideout where I am sweating intoContinue reading “Kick”

What I’m Reading: April 2019

It’s National Poetry Month, ya’ll! You better believe that means I am reading a ton of poetry for this feature (and, you know, also because I love poetry). So, to that end, there are several poetry selections and only one prose selection this month. Thanks to Malvern Books’s National Poetry Month sale, I was ableContinue reading “What I’m Reading: April 2019”

Interview: Kristin Garth

For my first “emerging writer” interview, I Skyped with poet, Kristin Garth to talk about her upcoming projects and her creative process. Kristin was an incredible interview. She opened up about writing about vulnerable topics, the anxiety of publishing, stripping, writing nineteenth century fantasy, and more. Listen to our conversation below!* CW: Sexual Assault, TraumaContinue reading “Interview: Kristin Garth”

Listening to Your Body

Please excuse the rambling: Recently, my body wants to paint and write poetry and creative non-fiction. It does not want to play nicely with books and classes and teaching. It wants to spend late nights agonizing over words and words that come from me and nowhere else. My biggest struggle this Spring semester has beenContinue reading “Listening to Your Body”

There is no such thing as high functioning

There is no such thing as high functioning Or low functioning There is only pretending Or can’t pretend. There is only “productive” or “not productive” There is only commodity or consumer.   There is no such thing as high functioning Just tightened chests in an office Or a classroom And quiet calls to therapists becauseContinue reading “There is no such thing as high functioning”