This was in response to a writing prompt yesterday at the launch event for the Peeking Cat 2017 Anthology. We had 20 minutes to write a rhyming couplet as part of a contest. (The instructions were to write a rhyming couplet on the subject of “books.”)
I came up with this in five. I’d like to think it’s not altogether bad.
“The Poets’ Residences”
Like ordered hearts we line our tomes Along the walls of lovelorn homes.
Oh! There was another writing prompt with the subject of “cats.” Here is the untitled couplet I came up with for that:
The finest cats are not all kittens; Cougars often leave me smitten.
I was especially honored to see one of my recordings featured at today’s launch of the Peeking Cat Anthology 2017. The poem I’m reading is “Roanoke Summer Midnight,” the same that was selected for the annual collection.
The video is below. There are five poets featured reading their work; I am the fifth. Mine is maybe a little harder to hear than the others, although it seems perfectly audible over headphones. (My recording equipment here at home is truly rudimentary.)
I believe this is the first time I’d recorded myself reading my own work. I hope that you enjoy it, along with the excellent other poets performing here.
If you are inclined to peruse some of the year’s best indie lit, you can find a link to ordering information here. (The anthology is available in hardcover and softcover, as well as in Kindle format.) Be sure to check out my poem, “Roanoke Summer Midnight,” as well as poetry, prose, art and photography from 70 other contributors.
Editor Samantha Rose was also kind enough to interview me; you can find that right here.
Thanks, Sam, for the opportunity to see my work featured in this terrific independent literature anthology!
I’m so pleased to share here that Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine has selected “Roanoke Summer Midnight” to appear in its 2017 Anthology. I’m always honored to have my poetry selected for the magazine, but seeing my work appear in the annual anthology really is a special distinction.
The anthology will be published in October. I’ll post ordering information here as it develops.
Hey, gang — I received some nice news today. Poet Jenny Santellano has kindly agreed to feature a poem of mine in her ongoing video series.
Jenny is a particularly gracious creative person who allows other poets to benefit from her voice; she reads selected poems at her Youtube channel, which you can find right here. (Seriously, guys, she has a beautiful voice.)
The poem selected is “The Writer.” It was part of a trilogy of poems entitled “Three Dreamers,” which was first published in 2013 by Dagda Publishing in its online format, and then in its print anthology, “Threads.” (“Three Dreamers” was also subsequently published by Illumen Magazine, Dead Snakes and UFO Gigolo.)
I’ll be sure to post a link when the video appears.
Quail Bell Magazine is a Richmond-based multimedia literature and arts journal “that explores the imaginary, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly through the highest quality creative and journalistic content.” It really is a wonderful and unique online periodical, and I encourage you to check it out.
“Graceless Ravens Envy You” first appeared at Dead Snakes in 2015.