My paper on Elizabeth Alexander’s inaugural poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” was just accepted for publication in TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics.
I’ve been working on this off and on since 2010, and I’m so thrilled that it’s found a good home! I’ll certainly post a link here when the paper is published.
I can’t wait to be part of The Second Poetry Circus next Saturday, September 19th, 5:30 to 9:30 at The Merry-Go-Round in Griffith Park. It’s free and open to the public! Join us!
I’m realizing my dream of starting a new literary journal. Welcome, Whale Road Review!
Whale Road Review is a journal of poetry and short prose. It will contain short creative work (everything under 500 words) that lingers long after it’s read. It will also include short pedagogy papers and a range of reviews. It will be simply designed and mobile friendly. The first issue will be published in December 2015.
Please like WRR on Facebook and Twitter, and send some work!
The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman is now available in a Kindle edition!
I didn’t know the publisher was doing a Kindle edition, so this was a fun surprise. Thanks, Wipf & Stock!
You can still purchase a signed paperback version online or directly from me for yourself or someone else. Email me at KatMann @ gmail.com.
It’s become clear to me that a poetry book is just a larger poem. The poems in it are lines, and sometimes I have to cut good ones because they don’t fit, and I have to create a sense of flow and keep people reading. Every poem I’ve ever loved doesn’t need to be in a book, or at least not right now in this book. This feels so obvious to me now, but it definitely wasn’t before.
For some reason, I had always thought about poetry books as a storage container for all of the poems that I like the best and want to keep together (or, even worse, that I wrote within the same time period). Maybe I’ve read too many Collected Poems. I’ve been working through a manuscript and going wild with cutting and adding and rearranging and revising. Creating a book was easier with my chapbook The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman because it has a clear narrative arc. It’s much harder with the collection I’m working on now that has a wide variety of poems swirling around a central theme.
And now back to work.
This sleepy mother writer made it to the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu this morning for the APU writers’ retreat (with a little help from Starbucks and Mika… I was sleepier than I’d like for that 3-hour drive after waking up with the baby at 4 a.m.).
I’ve been writing away since lunch: two new poems drafted and a few more ideas jotted down. I don’t have an ocean view like last year, but I do have a jacaranda tree right outside my window, and I get a lovely breeze. I’m ready for a few days of writing here.
I just got to read through the new gender issue of Stirring: A Literary Collection, which includes my poems “Sex & Santa” and “What to Expect.”
Thanks to M. Mack for guest editing this fantastic issue! I’m thrilled to be in such good company. I was especially blown away by Molly Gaudry’s nonfiction piece “You Know You’re Adopted When.” Check it out!
The new issue of Rogue Agent is live, and I’m thrilled to have “Baby Dream #33: The Fountain” included alongside some incredible poems and art by M. Brett Gaffney, Sally Deskins, Janeen Rastall, David Ishaya Osu, and more.
What an awesome third issue! Congratulations to editor Jill Khoury!