Thursday, January 22, 2015


Quindaro: needs research
Tallgrass Prairie: needs research and visits
My boys + Willow
Two Mothers: continuation
My Springboards of 2004

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


My Strike Out project is finished, so I'm off to working on the Kansas project--with Quindaro as the central metaphor. I only recently heard of Quindaro, which is not surprising as I am in Topeka. It reminds me of a conversation between Carrie and a family friend:

Carrie: Dennis is growing a John Brown beard.
Martha: Who is John Brown?

Martha was raised in St Louis, in KC now. However, if she grew up in Lawrence there would be no confusion. Even in Topeka, a lot of the Bleeding Kansas history was barely covered.

Which is why Quindaro is important to talk about now, as it has been ever since.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Document Poetics

As I am working on my latest project using document poetics, I realize my own documentation of the process is very private. I'm carrying now my fourth draft, finding ways to approach the material, but my influences--those inspiring me to move forward--are missing.

So here they are:

  • Things Come On: An Amnoir by Joe Harrington [the most inspirational book for me]
  • A Handmade Museum by Brenda Coultas: for those memoir pieces that need more poetics
  • greensward and ours by Cole Swensen: for image as artwork with word-economy, and writing out of document
  • The Complete Dark Shadows by Tony Trigilio: documenting my experience with going back to photos, research, and the combination [he really fuses these things in wonderful ways]
  • Don't Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen (American Lyrics) by Claudia Rankine: another use of photo and news--to show the connections between private and public stories
  • Green-Wood by Alison Cobb: poetic non-fiction, document poetics, genius, thorough

I really do have to give a shout-out to Joe. He was the first to ever give me a list of books to consult for my project. Even though I didn't end up using document poetics for my project as much as the list he gave me did, this list-making is something I continue to do.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Yay, BLP!


Denial continues:

Sexual Assualt and Trouble Writing

I am having a difficult time determining how to create a Conceptual Poetry piece speaking out against sexual assault. I was going to use a text by a semi-famous someone whose books, in the guise of fiction, are actually details of their crime. However, large parts of the book were written by the survivor, too, which means I ethically can't do an omission of that text. It one thing to do what Reddy did with Voyager, but when the survivor is a part of that text, I can't. I thought about using the "open letters" as a way to create an omission work. Really, my words and work are pale in comparison to the survivors who are SPEAKING OUT with their AMAZING vulnerability. I just want to write a book that says YOU ARE AWESOME!, and WE SUPPORT YOU! to them.

Friday, October 17, 2014


I realize the project around fighting sexual assault will be on the backburner. I just can't find the way to enter that project and feel non-exploitive.

Instead, I am beginning a collaboration with another poet around Agent Orange. Also, a baseball project is in full swing. :)