Charlotte Hamrick’s Favorite Poems of 2018

I love these year-end peeks into what other people are reading and loving, and I’m delighted to be on this list!

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A camellia from my garden, December 2018

Glass: A Journal of Poetry has released its annual list of recommended reading in poetry. I keep a list, too, of favorite poems throughout the year so I thought I’d share a few with y’all. These are in no particular order and are not all of the poetry I’ve saved over the past year. But, these are definitely stellar poems in some of my favorite journals. I hope you’ll click through and read them.

Louisiana Requiem by Heather Treseler in Frontier Poetry.

Hurricane, 3rd Day by Melissa Studdard in New Ohio Review.

The Peaches by Jericho Brown in The Adroit Journal.

Eve in the Blood by M. Stone in Avatar Review.

Finishing School by Emma Bolden in Black Warrior Review.

Spectacle by Lindsay Illich in Foundry.

Visitation by Marissa Glover in Barren Magazine.

Upon the Blue Nile by Bola Opaleke in…

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The Heart Is a Muscular Organ

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!

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Unbinding the Lyrics of Being

Many thanks to Christal Cooper for featuring my poem “Astral” in her blog series “Backstory of the Poem.” I really appreciate all the work she puts into this series. She dug up and included lots of fun photos of me that I didn’t even know I had, like the one below, as well as images of and by Leonora Carrington, who is the subject of the poem. I talked about how I wrote “Astral,” resisting unhealthy conformity, and how I used to jump on a trampoline in my dress when I got home from work. Also included are notes that didn’t make it into the final draft of the poem.

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https://chrisricecooper.blogspot.com/2018/10/32-backstory-of-poem-astral-by-melissa.html

New York Times Photo and Poetry Collaboration

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.

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