contemporary poetry

LANDSCAPE WITH HEADLESS MAMA by Jennifer Givhan

Available from Pleiades Press. Also available from Amazon. Contact Jenn for a signed copy. Landscape with Headless Mama is a poetry collection by Jennifer Givhan that explores the experiences of becoming and being a mother through the lens of dark fairy tales. Givhan describes the book as “a surreal survival guide.” A poet with strong […]

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The Change

My poem THE CHANGE, a finalist for the The Jane Lumley Prize, was published in H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L: “When I was still small I began growing antlers  as a stag grows antlers, as […]

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My One-Hundredth Journal Publication up at Origins!

I’ve been working like a madwoman sending out my poems into the world nearly as long as my son has been alive (I started submitting when he was one, so I mark my poetry career by his life, because truly, I’m not sure either would have been possible without the other–how the imaginary shaped reality, […]

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Mother Writer Interview with Michelle Otero

I’m so excited to share this conversation with fierce Latina poet/playwright/actor/activist extraordinaire Michelle Otero, who discusses her experiences as a writer and stepmother of two. But I wish someone would have handed me The House on Mango Street or Bless Me, Última and said, “Your people write books too.” … We hold mothers to very high […]

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Sewing Feathers and After the Miscarriage II in Waxwing

The mother spreads her arms and waits — hoping at the top of a hill — for a mend in the empty break of sky. –from “Sewing Feathers” (read the full poem in Waxwing). We lived our first existence as if on an island — the waving flag of a companionship always sinking. –from “After […]

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Bird Woman and Bloom

Sacagawea emerges from the hedgehog cacti in the lot behind our crumpling house heavy with cradleboard & mistaken for a token of peace… from “Bird Woman”     The boys next door are ignoring my son. It’s playground politics, the fragile and shifting power dynamics of these early friendships… from “Bloom” Read both poems at […]

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Madhouse of Spirits

I unwrap a bar of amaranth soap and wash my own mouth the way Mama used to do when I’d been profane…    –Jenn Givhan (Read full poem at The Collagist)

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Blood is blood is

How does anyone love inside skin? Thankful to Menacing Hedge for nominating my poem “Blood is blood is” for a Pushcart. You can read and listen to the poem in full here.

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Two Poems at Superstition Review

“Time Capsule” and “Junkyard Halflight” up at Superstition Review. “Small things come back in pieces. That time of day I wasn’t afraid to close my eyes. The white flies weren’t yet lured by streetlamps; the air still held its damp menudo. On one side of the house, the cemetery where I buried a stillborn and […]

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Two poems at Tinderbox Poetry

… my daughter and the girls in ballet- costume pretend to fly in loops around the red recital floor, believing their outstretched arms make wings, and with faces ready for takeoff, they uplift in possibility. –from “Searching the Skyline” How did you end in a river, his boxers for trunks, your skin for a bathing […]

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“Miracle of the River Pig” up at *Goblin Fruit*

My poem “Miracle of the River Pig” is live today at Goblin Fruit, and you can listen to me read it there as well! It’s a grotesque and somewhat experimental poem for me recounting my experience in the Southern California desert near the New River. I began drafting the poem in Brenda Hammack‘s fairytale workshop […]

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