Really happy to see some of my favorite poems from my current manuscript getting picked up by some great lit mags:
I have two more new poems published!
"Letter of Resignation" in Rust + Moth:
'Queen of Ashley River" in Up the Staircase Quarterly
A few of my favorite poems from my current manuscript have recently found homes:
*"Hair of the Dog" recently appeared in Winter Tangerine's amazeballs "Reshaping the Bell Jar" Issue, guest edited by Shira Erlichman:
*I have four poems in the Spring 2016 Issue of Superstition Review, and at least one of them is sort of funny:
I guess I forgot to post my most recent three publications in here. It's been a weird couple of months. Better late than never:
"But Nothing's Fair After Love" in Baltimore Review
"Safety Dreams" and "Shitty Human Seeking Shittier Human" in Threadcount
"You love a sad boy." and "[in which fear takes shape" in The Offing.
Personal essays always scare me as a form because you can't dress up what you're saying as much as in a poem, but I am excited to have my essay "“Some Slightly Connected Thoughts on Crafted Vulnerability, Stage Fright, Beauty, and Gratitude” up in the POWER OF POETRY SERIES at THE POETRY QUESTION.
Here's a quote from it that feels a little like a summary of some of my past work:
"For nearly a decade I have been writing toward a poetics that helps me feel like I can control my life; by my life, mostly I mean my brain, which has always been a pretty chaotic place. The power of confessional poetry for me has been less about cleaning out my closet and more about organizing the yard sale. There are boxes that go straight to the dumpster. Here’s a thoughtful display of the junk of my life you will see. Look at it neatly arranged in couplets or a sonnet box. You may take it with you for $15 if you promise to leave the premises immediately. "
I am also very excited to have my poem, "The Rapists Seem Hurt by Being Called Their Names in Public" in he latest print issue of THE JOURNAL. There's some other gems in there (Fatimah Asghar, Emily O'Neill, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib...). Definitely worth getting yourself a copy. They're all fancy and stuff.
I'm really grateful to have been asked to participate in this series for Sundress in which they ask poets to do an audio recording of a poem that is essential to their bookshelves and then answer a series of questions about the poem. I chose "Long Lines to Stave Off Suicide" by Rachel Zucker from her fantastic book, Museum of Accidents. I'd like to think I said some smart sounding things about it:
1) Very grateful for this generous "Dog Eared" review at The Next Best Book Club from Lindsey Lewis Smithson
"The speaker reads like the friend you have always wanted to ask the hard questions of, but never had the courage to do so; Edwards brings readers to the face of what so many try to hide from."
Apparently Lindsey dog eared the following pages of Humanly:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 27, 31, 33, 34, 35, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 55, 60, 62, 65, 67, 68, 75, 76, 79, 81, 82, 88, 92, 93, 94. 109, 113
That's over 1/3 of the pages. It's pretty neat to know a thoughtful reader felt moved by that many pages. I suppose that's really all I wanted with this collection (you know, suitcases of money would be cool, too).
2) A poem from Humanly was also posted in Verse Daily and forgot to post here. Check out my poem "Offering."
Parts of this poem have been Tumbled (is that the verb for Tumblr?) around 10,000 times. If I had a nickle...
I have a brand spanking new piece, "After the Vigil for the Charleston Church Massacre," up in Rattle's "Poets Respond" series. While it's a little nerve-wracking to submit such fresh work (the guidelines require the poem to be written in response to events from the past week), I think this series is a great opportunity for bearing witness, and I really encourage others to submit to it.
I've got a Q&A up at Pine Hills Review. This April I had the pleasure of reading at The College of Saint Rose (where Pine Hills is out of). Check it out! http://pinehillsreview.strose.edu/stevieedwardsqa/