You Could Mistake Grief for a Diamond

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I’m thrilled to see the first published poem from my new manuscript-in-progress, about the severed tongue of the mythological character Philomela, in the May 2019 issue of Poetry and at the Poetry Foundation website. I’ve been working on the poems for several months now, and this poem comes from the first batch I’ve sent out. So exciting!

Here’s a link to the poem at the Poetry Foundation:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/149724/philomelas-tongue-says

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:

 

 

 

 

 

I Was Ketchup On My Own Sleeve

I’m so happy to see a re-run of my poem “Integrating the Shadow” at New World Review. This poem was originally published in Redheaded Stepchild and later appeared in my collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, as well as in Verse Daily, Recours au Poème, and Ishaan Literary Review. I wrote this poem years ago, and I love to think of it out there now traveling around on its own.

http://www.neworldreview.com/vol_11No_77/poem-studdard.php

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