April: National Poetry Month Poem #1 (sample)

Hello all-

Happy National Poetry Month! It's such a full and exciting time & I feel ready for all things Spring & such. Hemisphere will officially launch on April 15th, but you can pre-order the book now!

In the meantime, I am trying to get new poems and new writing out in the world. I am planning to write 30 poems in 30 days & will post some snippets here for you to check them out. 

I will also be posting about events & readings & hope to keep a poetic conversation going. 


Poem #1 (sample)

Ways Barbie & My Daughters are Different

First, they don’t smile all the goddamn time, prim & on purpose

their pouts aren’t raspberry filling or apple crumbled, quaint

quixotic/exotic/erotic/elastic/syrup/bubbled gum

jammed & honeyed wined—their teeth aren’t solar eclipses

rows of picket fences where blond ponytails ride hides of horses

their own horse hair wailing in wind—my daughters' teeth know

how to slice things & rip/tear/shard to threads—not tamed

or braced to perfection. Their teeth are renegades, roosters’

cocked walks—their mouths know when to say no & hell

yes, not grin & smirk & bare it—the brunt & groan.  Some

times smiles are dangerous, don’t tempt me.  

That’s one.