Me, Taylor Mali and Sage Cohen
Those that know me well know that I am never at a loss for words. I can talk and talk and talk anyone under the table. However, after 30 days of 30 poems I don't even know what to say. My head is in a spin.
It was an amazing month of poetry with visits from Taylor Mali and his wife Marie-Elizabeth. They are a dynamic duo and hugely inspirational for me. I also managed to go to the Portland Poetry Slam which was badass and happens every Sunday night at Backspace in Portland. I highly recommend you check it out. It's full of humor, amazing writers and performers, with star-quality local poets.
Some of you wondered why I deleted all of my poems from April. The truth is, it is totally bogus because literary mags consider anything appearing online as "previously published" and won't accept your work if it appears on your blog. I think that is total bullshit because what if I made 300 photo copies of my poems and handed them out to friends, which is the same thing, really, as having it on a blog. Would that be considered "published?" I think not. Which makes me offer you a handmade book of my poems if you want it. If you're interested I will put together a little booklet and mail it to you. Just email me and I'll send you some of my work renegade style. Someday those poems will be published and in print. So maybe these will someday be collectors items? One can only dream.....
Now I'm off to revise my poems and send them out for publication. That's the part that is tedious. But it's worth it. I love poetry. It's the one thing guaranteed to soothe the soul.
Marie-Elizabeth reading from her book, Steady My Gaze.
If you love edgy poetry that taps into the human condition and speaks with power order her book. Scroll down on this link.