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Stories From the Edge of Blindness

In 2002, Retinitis Pigmentosa changed my life. This is my story of a slow approach to darkness.

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The Weight of Tears

My world is crumbling right now.  I will write about it one day…..not today.  I am not very present.  I am sorry.  For now, I will share my March Visual Verse poem, which I didn’t submit to them on time, apparently, but felt like sharing here.

 

The Weight of Tears

You are a slice of bone
Piercing the moon
A light behind my eye
That reminds me I was loved
And makes me ache
I dreamt you were the night sky
Watching over me
Sprinkling stardust on my cheeks
To soften the weight of my tears
When they lowered you into the ground
I knew the earth could never keep you
Buried in darkness
Tethered to its roots
You were always meant to fly
To dance in the arms of the stars

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The Opiate Magazine

I am thrilled to have 3 of my poems in the current print issue of The Opiate Magazine.  If you are interested in picking up a copy, you can do so online, or in these bookstores.

Anti – Herion Chic

I have long been a fan of the literary journal Anti-Heroin Chic!  I even quoted it’s editor in a recent guest post on my friend Bryan’s blog, A Crack in the Pavement, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to have two of my poems in their January issue.

If you would like to read my poems, you can do so here.

Mojave Heart

Although I ended 2018 with the flu, 2019 has begun in ways that fill me with gratitude.  I am usually very depressed at this time of year, overwhelmed with grief as the anniversary of my Mom’s death arrives, but this year, mingled with my sadness, is the feeling that she would be proud of me.  This is a new feeling.

In addition to “Dress Rehearsal for Claustrophobia”in Riggwelter, 3 more of my poems have been published in Mojave Heart Review today, and I am incredibly grateful.  These are some of the most personal poems I have written and I couldn’t ask for a better or more gentle home for them.  I begin the year feeling hopeful and grateful and for the first time, like I may be on the right path.

If you would like to read the poems, you can do so here.

Dodging the Rain

I am super excited and honored to have 3 of my poems in Dodging the Rain today.    My huge thanks go out to poetry editor Neil Slevin!

I don’t usually write much about my poems after they are published; I tend to allow them to be whatever they are meant to become for anyone who reads them.  But, the three poems in Dodging the Rain are all very close to my heart, about loneliness, and essentially love.  The love for a sibling, for a partner, and for a friend.  They are about stillness and about the journey.  But still, I hope that if you choose to read them, they will also be whatever you need them to be.

If you would like to read the poems, you can do so here.

Ink in Thirds TLT

Ink in Thirds does a fun visual prompt challenge every Thursday, called Three Line Thursday.  Some of you might really enjoy it.  You can check out this weeks prompt here.

Memorizing the Words

My contribution to the July Visual Verse Challenge is up.

This month’s image was one that sent me reeling into a place of memory and nostalgia.  If you want, you can check out my poem, “Memorizing the Words”, and the entire first batch of amazing poems for the month.

 

Burning House

I am thrilled to have 3 of my poems in Burning House Press today!!!!! My huge thanks to June editor, James Pate! If you want, you can read them here.

 

Unwavering

I never wrote love poems, not about the good parts of love anyway, until I met my husband, Joe.  Perhaps I had never really been in love before him, or perhaps I didn’t know what real love was supposed to feel like and look like.  What I do know, is that my life and my heart have not been the same since I first met him, almost 10 years ago.

This month is his birthday month, my personal favorite month of the year because it is about celebrating him, so it is perfect that today my poem, “Unwavering” came out in Foxglove Journal.

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