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/
I kind of have a lit mag crush on The Offing, so I am really excited to have a piece in their micro section: "Notes for Cancelling Class." Also, they have free open submissions this week! Get your work in.
Excited to be in the "Shedding Skins" spotlight series for Winter Tangerine Review, alongside the likes of Adam Falkner, David Winter, J. Scott Brownlee, and some other fine folks. It's a pretty neat project where they asked for at least two earlier drafts of a poem and for a statement walking through the revisions we made. Not going to lie, having my early drafts published makes me a little nervous, but it is pretty neat to look at earlier drafts from the other contributors. http://www.wintertangerine.com/ss-edwards-recent-convert
Winter Tangerine Review, which I think is one of the most exciting young lit mags out there right now, has published a really generous review of Humanly:
"Edwards is uncanny in her ability to take the basest of images and convince you to feel it like a thunderstorm or a knife, like a gripping prayer...Even as Humanly quiets the heart with its bold truths, familiar images, and sharp wit, it forces us to want, to make our voices a little louder. To be, like its pages, unflinching and unforgettable."
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I have an interview up at Words Dance with SaraEve Fermin: http://wordsdance.com/2015/05/the-dance-interview-series-stevie-edwards/
I talk about Humanly, writing process, Michigan, confessional poetics, and some other stuff.
Here's my favorite thing I said:
"After all, what is more surreal than surviving what reason says should have killed you?"
There are three new glowing reviews of Humanly!
Review of Humanly in Stirring from Donna Vorreyer:
"Humanly paints a portrait of a life examined in detail, no matter how difficult those details may be to recount. Some may call the book confessional, but it reaches beyond that label to touch the reader on an electric level, pulling us through the speaker's journey with both trepidation and joy at the strong voice speaking through the fog of loss."
Review of Humanly in Up the Staircase from Rhiannon Thorne:
"Whereas Edwards was close to prey in Good Grief--if only prey to herself—in Humanly she becomes full predator, more in control of her sexuality"
Review of Humanly in The Poetry Question by Christopher Margolin:
It’s personal, it’s cutting, but most of all, it’s filled with conversations we’ve all had with ourselves – just a lot more eloquent than what typically pours out into a little book with lock and key. To be able to write about death in such a way, brings life to the self-analysis we all dread, but runs like a hamster on the wheel of repetition...With an eye toward the exploration of love, death, time, acceptance, and the future, Edwards maps out the reality of death, and the emotional pull that never quite lets go. Luckily, Edwards does help us creep out into the light on occasion.
I also have an Indie Ink Runs Deep feature up at The Next Best Book Club, where I write an essay about the story behind my Great Lakes tattoo. I don't publish a ton of essays, but I like this one. You should read it. Pretty please.