Updated 2014 Readings

Here’s a short list of confirmed dates for the first half of 2014, also updated on my Live Appearances page. Boston, Seattle, Iowa City, Chicago, and New York: I don’t want your love unless you know I am repulsive,and love me even as you know it…

2/14. Brookline, MA. BASH series. Brookline Booksmith. w/ Gillian Devereux, and J. Hope Stein.

2/27. Seattle, WAAWP Conference. Ping Pong & Poetry Crush reading. The Butterfly Lounge. Other readers TBA.

3/15. Boston, MA. Mr. Hip Presents. UFORGE Gallery. Other performers TBA.

4/5. Iowa City, IAMission Creek Festival. Black Ocean & Third Man Records event. Other performers TBA.

6/14. Chicago, ILDollhouse Reading Series. w/ Carrie Olivia Adams, and Paige Ackerson-Kiely.

6/24. New York City, NYNew York City Poetry Festival. Governor’s Island, main stage. Other readers TBA.

How can I be down when I ain’t been buried yet?

How can I be down when I ain’t been buried yet?

THANKSGIVING

I forgot to post this poem back on Thanksgiving, which is when I wrote it. But it’s good to practice gratitude every day, right? So here it is—full of remembering and the future tense…



Grateful for the exaltation
Of larks like leaves blowing
In the blue sky above
Me the wind roaring
With no voice to displace it

You’ll see you’ll see
Your breath in my mouth motionless as a star

I have so often dreamed of you that you become unreal.

I have so often dreamed of you that you become unreal.

I sent myself a postcard from our last day together.

I sent myself a postcard from our last day together.

We want heroes but we need authors.
Janaka Stucky
Nothing is more difficult than surrendering to the instant.

Nothing is more difficult than surrendering to the instant.

I’m excited to be reading with fellow local indie-literati Curtis Perdue (inter|rupture) and Rob MacDonald (Sixth Finch) in support of Elisa Gabbert’s new book of lyric essays, The Self Unstable, out from Black Ocean this month!

I’m excited to be reading with fellow local indie-literati Curtis Perdue (inter|rupture) and Rob MacDonald (Sixth Finch) in support of Elisa Gabbert’s new book of lyric essays, The Self Unstable, out from Black Ocean this month!

To lose oneself by perfect designA tree consumed by its own fireA sky that looks like water in water’s absence

To lose oneself by perfect design
A tree consumed by its own fire
A sky that looks like water in water’s absence

Happy Halloween: 10 Dead Poets I would F*#K

I wrote a love poem to Clarice Lispector for Poetry Crush’s third annual Halloween feature, “10 Dead Poets (I would fuck).” You can read the whole supernatural orgy HERE.

Also, if you’d like to read my love poem to Jean Genet, you can find that poem in my post from November of last year HERE, as well as in last year’s feature on poetrycrush.com HERE.