Many thanks to New Ohio Review for publishing this poem about my experiences during Hurricane Harvey. I’m especially grateful to editor David Wanczyk, who generously spent a lot of time helping me fine tune it.
by Melissa Studdard
We hid in the belly of porcelain. The world
sang sirens overlapping, the sound of wind
taking gates from the hinge. That whistling, yes.
Whistling and whipping, the world the cry
of a cow caught in the spin of a twister and lifted.
Water creeping to the back door like a thief.
It wanted the jewels of our eyes.
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I’m happy to have this new poem in Tiferet, which is always gorgeously produced. The editors take such care with all the details big and small–from the cover art to the signature font. This issue also has a section of Malawian poems–I cannot wait to read them!
I’m so happy to have 3 poems in the new 5-year anniversary issue of Waxwing, a favorite journal of mine!
To see the rest, read here: http://waxwingmag.org/index.php#top.
My poem, “Everyone in Me Is a Bird”, which was originally published for the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, is now featured as part the New York Times’ “Being Women” project, an exciting poetry and photography collaboration.
This beautiful series, created by Kerri MacDonald and Morrigan McCarthy, began last summer and will run each year.
Other poets in the project: Tonya Ingram, Joy Harjo, Layli LongSoldier, Jennifer Chang and Nickole Brown.
Photographers: Ruth Anna Fremson, Cig Harvey, Maddie McGarvey, Annie Flanagan, Nydia Blas, Erika P. Rodrgz and Anjali Pinto.
The print edition is on the cover of the “National” section for Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Here’s the online edition:
And here’s the Instagram write-up:
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🔊“What they said to think, I thought not but instead made my mind into a birdcage with wings.” This summer, we selected 6 #poems by female poets working in the United States and asked photographers to let the words inspire them. Turn your volume up to hear @melissastuddard read her poem “Everyone In Me Is A Bird.” ✨“This poem can be interpreted in many ways, depending on how you feel about your own womanhood or gender,” the photographer @maddiemcgarvey writes. “There is so much pressure in society to be a certain type of person or female, and not everyone feels like they fit that mold.” She worked with the photographer @annieflanagan to create these composite images, a creative project they’ve worked on together for years. They explored different ways people might feel confined in their own bodies — ”a preteen girl and a broken window, an aging woman surrounded by both a riot scene and a peaceful willow, or a transgendered woman with birds flying everywhere,” @maddiemcgarvey writes. They also photographed one another. “We wanted the images to reflect the darker side of womanhood, and what that might mean to people individually,” @annieflanagan writes. Swipe left, then visit the link in our profile to see more photos inspired by #poetry. Audio recording by @lauratx.
The Temptation of St. Antony
I’m delighted to have the poem “Astral” republished in New World Review. It’s about one of my heroes, painter and writer, Leonora Carrington.
I’m delighted to have two poems in issue 11.1 of The Normal School from California State University at Fresno. Here’s “My Kind” (this whimsical romp):