Posts Tagged ‘Escape Into Life’

The End of the World

This past summer, I took a workshop with poet Gabriel Welsch and one of the poems we read was titled “Nineteen Thirty Eight” by Charles Simic.  The title gives the content of the poem away — in this work, the poet shares a litany of events that happened during that year.  One line reads, “People worried that the world was about to end.”  Someone in our workshop remarked that people have always worried about the end of the world.

Yes, certainly this is true, especially in light of recent events.   Even so, most of us have joked about the idea of the world ending on one specific day — December 21. Several literary journals have featured works about the end of the world.  River Styx, for example, published a special theme issue which featured some great End of the World poems including “Snowpocalypse” by Erika Meitner and “When the World Began to End” by Greg Pape.

My own, most recent Apocalypse poems are coming out  in several journals.  Caesura is on its way to my home and this issue will have my poem, “To the Farmgirl Who Believes the Apocalypse Will Begin in a Cow Pasture” . The newest issue of Spillway is also on its way to my doorstep and will feature my poem, “To the Girl Who Believes Roadkill will Rise From the Dead.”  Can’t wait to read both!

Finally, Escape Into Life has just published an issue celebrating (!?) the End of the World.  My poem, “Auditioning for the Apocalypse” is semi-autobiographical and actually looks back on the early 80’s — the Hal Lindsey era.  You can read the whole haunting issue here.

In the meantime, while waiting for the end of the world, we are bracing for Winter Storm Draco, which promises to deliver Western Pennsylvania a slushy mess of snow just in time for Christmas.


First Review

Special thanks goes to Kathleen Kirk, Poetry Editor of Escape Into Life, for her thoughtful mini-review of Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt.  You can read what she says here.  And I love the artwork by Casey Weldon that accompanies the review!

Guest Blogger at Escape Into Life

I have already come to terms with the fact that this November I will be mostly MIA in the blogging world.  I have piles of papers to grade, deadlines to meet, books to read, and poems to finish (Drafts are literally floating around the house.  I caught one of my cats actually chewing, yes chewing, on one of my poems the other day).  However, you can catch my guest post over at Escape Into Life.  On this particular post, I talk about rust belt writing, Tawni O’Dell (yet again!),  strong working class women, and yes, my new chapbook, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt.  Besides my post, a poem from the chapbook, is also featured.  Special thanks goes to Kathleen for the invitation!

Labors of Love

It’s rainy and cool here, an abrupt change from the hot weather of the last few days.  Still, Anthony and I managed to get a day off together — that doesn’t happen very often!  So, we are going to be out and about today, and I will be far away from my computer.

In the meantime, though, you might want to take a look at Escape Into Life’s Labor Day edition, Labors of Love, which features work by poets Vivian Shipley, Joe Wilkins, Jessy Randall and yours truly.

(Quick note:  WordPress must be taking the day off too — I can’t get my link button to work, so you may have to head over to Escape Into Life yourself!)

In Escape Into Life

Today’s issue of Escape Into Life features poems of mine along with great photography by Mark Cohen.  Take a look!  I love the rough and tumble look of working class childhood Cohen captures in his work. 

Special thanks to Kathleen for recruiting my work for Escape Into Life and for talking about Stealing Dust on her blog today!