Kami – Strong Verse

After posting about the poems I’m expecting to come out, the first is actually one I didn’t know when it would appear!

“Kami” is featured on Strong Verse right now.

This poem isn’t speculative–except in allusion.

I wrote this based on a real place I would pass when cutting through the shrine close to my school, a pleasant park-like space in the middle of our city.

I can’t tell you whether this is the little shrine I am remembering (the descriptions are in Chinese, though I can tell that at least it’s in the town I am speaking of) but this image is close enough.

Most shrines (especially those not close to cemeteries) were pleasant places, without much spiritual feeling to their grounds. This one small off-set shrine just had a different ambiance.

Future Appearances Round-Up

A couple of magazines have finalized issues and told me when the piece they bought is coming out, so I’m doing a bit of a Coming Soon feature, today!

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly took my poem “Advent of an Apocalypse” for their July issue, so it should be up the first of the month! This is a more formal poem in style and subject, but hopefully it’ll be a nice companion to their other poem and stories.

inkscrawl has also filled their issue and will be putting it up in July! I’m so excited to see the other poems, since this poetry magazine has a neat sensibility I really enjoy. And since they took my kappa-included “Avoiding the Issue”, I’m even more intrigued what the

Through The Gate also let me know they hope to be putting up the first issue in August, though it’s not a done deal. I’m almost as excited to see this new magazine as I am to see the latest issue from inkscrawl, intrigued by their choice of “Things you would pack when taken hostage.” and curious what other pieces it will be mixing with.

Exciting!

Trying New Thangs.

I sent a poem off to a fledgling market (one first) because I sold a poem to a different magazine started by the same editor, and thought “You know, it would be cool to be in the first issue of something!”

Through The Gate hopes to launch in August, and when it does, will be publishing my poem “Things you would pack when taken hostage.”

Which is cool and fabulous. The new thing most interesting, though, was actually step two–editor Mitchell Hart asked if I could do a recording of the poem.

I’ve recorded lots of music, vocal tracks, so I know how I want to approach things, but I haven’t practiced doing readings.

How does one read free verse? Especially when it’s a pragmatic, unflowery poem… I’m hoping it sounds fun!

Paradise Lost II

Spent a lovely weekend in San Antonio, down on the Riverwalk!

The retreat “Paradise Lost” is focused on being a follow-up, created by Viable Paradise Workshop alumni, with similar critique sessions with peers and industry professionals.

This year (my first) I got to spend time with Jay Lake (Green) and John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed editor), with Steven Brust as guest lecturer.

Also, though, I got to meet some other neopro writers, like Seamus Bayne, TOC comrade from the latest issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, who created the event. Twitter crushes have been developed.

Just getting to soak up the little pieces that make a city uniquely it’s own would have been fantastic, worth my investment, but I also came back with new vision for writing, for myself AS a writer. And that’s worth my weight in gold. That’s no pittance, either, especially not after all that fantastic San Antone food.

It’s so nice to announce that poems I have wanted to show people are going to be available!

First, in the upcoming issue of Bete Noire, my poem “I Am The Dead Twin” will be appearing. It is about as cheerful as it sounds, but I still really like it.

I also have sold a poem to inkscrawl. I don’t know when it will be appearing yet, but the current issue is amazing– “Zipcar in Heaven” “Sarcophagus” are the two I’ve really adored, but I have been savoring the magazine, and reading it slowly.

I also have acquired a day-job, which was much needed. I’m hoping to get good material while waiting tables, in a neat little Tea Room in the only real extant mansion of Claremore history.

my skull, the garage

I am thinking about how to add some glitz here, and decided maybe I could post some poems that have been published but are no longer under contract, for those who wish to read but didn’t get the issues of whatever magazine it is they went out in.

To start, here’s a humorous sketch that went up in Chizine’s Mega-Issue in March 2011

My Skull, The Garage

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Emerge Ravenous

I have a poem up in PoluTexni this month!

Emerge Ravenous

This poem is an abstract on some of my thoughts about the fact that we are meant to have more power than our lives in modern times express–and that can cut both ways.

But it’s also just fun with dragon-men imagery.

Enjoy!