Posts Tagged ‘ poetry ’

The Word for Loss is Missing

14th November 2016 | 0 Comments

Times are dark, right after the presidential election, so here’s a fun poem about the horrors of colonialism. I usually write speculative poetry, but this poem is based very much in fact. One of the particularly malignant things about colonialism is the way colonizers rob the colonized of their very language. The language of the […]

Four Chambers

4th September 2015 | 0 Comments

In early 2014, I was emerging from the second of two abusive relationships in a row. I very deliberately carved out space and time to ground and center myself, to think about what I needed and wanted, to not get swept up in another toxic person’s intense and charismatic courtship. It was the best thing […]

The Binding

1st July 2015 | 0 Comments

This one went up a bit ago, and it slipped right by me! It’s actually fairly strange for me to look at “The Binding” these days; I wrote it in 2012, before all of the massive life changes that changed how I wrote. It sold to Lakeside Circus quite a while ago, and I… forgot […]


14th June 2014 | 0 Comments

Mat Joiner and I have just launched Liminality, a magazine of speculative poetry! In anthropological terms, liminality is the midpoint of a ritual: the threshold where a person is no longer quite who they were, not yet who they might become. In between masks, what face might you have? What might you be in transit? […]

Flying Higher! and Limbo

4th September 2013 | 0 Comments

So while I was away, I co-edited an anthology! From the introduction: One lunchtime at Wiscon (the major feminist SF/F convention held in Madison, WI), we were discussing poetry. Like you do. In particular, we were discussing topics that Michael didn’t think could make for good poetry under any circumstances. Specifically: Superheroes. Shira and Alex […]

Not Too Bold

4th September 2013 | 0 Comments

The acceptance letter for this read “This is finally a serial killer poem that I am very happy to accept!” Let me back up. I grew up on fairy tales. Not just Little Red and Snow White; I dug deep into Grimm’s. My favorite was The Robber Bridegroom and its variant, Mr. Fox. I was […]

And the War is Never Over

20th June 2013 | 0 Comments

This poem had been building for quite some time. I’ve been volunteering with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center since 2007; I’m a community education volunteer and a survivor speaker. In the former role, I’ve been doing a lot of work within my local community and the greater SF/F community regarding sexual violence. It’s been […]

Where We Died

20th June 2013 | 0 Comments

This one, I remember writing. It’s a shadow of sorts of my first published short story, “The Angel of Fremont Street”. It draws from the same inciting incident – but instead of an examination of the years beyond, “Where We Died” is a snapshot, one few-second slice of a life right before everything changes forever. […]

The Busker, Broke and Busted

16th May 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m in an odd position with this poem, in that I don’t really remember writing it. I remember it coming out, and me being bewildered – because it isn’t actually a poem. It’s a song, a Gilbert-and-Sullivanesque patter song about an obsolete robot. I remember bits of it coming to me in the shower, and […]

Ereshkigal’s Proposal to Hades

16th November 2012 | 0 Comments

(Art by Paula Friedlander!) I am tired of Persephone Poems. We all have them! I have two. It’s an attractive narrative – the lovely, innocent young maiden seduced into the underworld. People have done interesting things with the story. But it’s one of the most popular narratives out there, poetry-wise, and I am drowning in […]