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This week I had two poems published!

The first, "Aboard the Transport Tesoro," appears in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 7, alongside work by fellow poets [livejournal.com profile] mariness and [livejournal.com profile] sovay. Also, I'm pretty tickled to share a ToC with Yoon Ha Lee, a Sirens guest of honor. By chance I was invited to join him and two other Sirens for a last, con-lagged lunch at the airport. (Hope I didn't get him sick.)

"Aboard the Transport Tesoro" grew from my sickbed thoughts about chronic illness and ancestor worship. I got up and wrote it in the middle of the night, cleaned it up, and sent it out. Quickest turnaround between composition and publication I've ever had!

The second poem, "glass womb," is online at Interfictions. This poem has perhaps my longest turnaround between first draft and publication. It took me a really long time to find the poem's final form. I can't say why exactly, why it never clicked, why I never abandoned it. I think I had to wait for tumblr to be born and show me pictures from the Mütter Museum and the specimen still lifes of Frederik Ruysch.

And that's my good news for the week!

Date: 2015-11-06 07:09 pm (UTC)
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
From: [personal profile] gwynnega
Two poems in two awesome publications in one week!

Date: 2015-11-06 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Yeah! It's bizarre how things shake out sometimes. I've felt dead in the water for ages now, then BAM.

Date: 2015-11-06 07:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-11-06 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
I see your w00t! and double it!

Date: 2015-11-06 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawtheminstrel.livejournal.com
Yay! Congratulations!

Date: 2015-11-06 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Thanks much!

Date: 2015-11-07 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
"Aboard the Transport Tesoro" is gorgeous--I love the last line, and I love this:

Would you salt
the valleys of my face?
Would you slit the silence
of 3 a.m. with screams?


very visceral, tangible, tastable, audible images.

Date: 2015-11-09 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I'm delighted you could read it, and that it spoke to you.

Date: 2015-11-09 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
I bought it so I could read your poem--and I feel richly rewarded <3

Date: 2015-11-10 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Aww, you. I'm touched. And maybe have something in my eye.

<3

Date: 2015-11-08 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephanieburgis.livejournal.com
What a fabulous publication week! Congratulations!

Date: 2015-11-09 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Thank you! It's the kind of feast that feeds us during the famine. ;)

Date: 2015-11-11 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mnfaure.livejournal.com
Congratulations!

Mr Ruysch's embalming jars are some kind of awesome. And you definitely evoke that creepy Part-of-the-World-yet-Other-ness in your poem! (hmmm, to clarify: by "other" I mean both a fey aspect and a more-ness.)
Edited Date: 2015-11-11 08:59 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-11-11 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Congratulations!

Thank you!

Mr Ruysch's embalming jars are some kind of awesome.

Aren't they, though? And I think it's interesting that his daughter collaborated with him on some of them. I'd like to know more about her specific contributions.

you definitely evoke that creepy Part-of-the-World-yet-Other-ness in your poem!

What a lovely compliment! Thank you.

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