Sunday, August 21, 2011

Almost all are sent

I've almost sent all the poems to My Secret Wars of 1984. Flint Hills Review is the first to respond, publishing two of them. Thank you, Kevin Rabas!

Link to FHR.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Something to Marvel

Today, I heard from Marvel Comics and have permission to use quotes for my MSS. It's a relief. If I don't hear back from the last two individuals, it's Plan B--omission within sentences.

I've learned that sending physical letters can pay off as much as email. I just want to thank Marvel and Wizards of the Coast for their generosity, as they could have simply said "no."

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Secret Wars of 1984 is a 366-sentence poetry-memoir collage, using texts from the year 1984, as well as sentences of my own. So far, I have permissions from three of the six--waiting to hear back from the other three.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


It's my birthday today!

Okay, so I've thought about my intentions with this Secret Wars poem, of the idea of collage and building my own sentences. I guess that is what the process has been--one of building, of recreating what 1984 "is." I use the texts I grew up with, the one's that helped me survive, of comic books and D&D manuals. I also use the texts of my now, published in 1984. Lyn Hejinian, bell hooks, etc. The texts that inform my poetry and feminism. Finally, the political texts are important. It was a time of recession, when Dems and the GOP were fighting it out to the elections. Sound familiar? 1984 = now.

Of course, my own sentences, my play with words and with metaphor, come through, too. Then to alphabetize it, because every sentence is important if each one represents a part of 1984. 366 sentences, one for each day of the leap year.

The results? I like how sentences out of context from their original sources create new contexts, especially when next to my memoir-sentences.

I am in the process of making poem-stanzas. It's difficult to find the feel for when one sentence should start or finish a section. Which should continue? It's a matter of the poetic aesthetic.

I've enjoyed putting this all together, so that counts for a quality that others might like--the "fun" of these lines. Maybe poetry is both serious and fun at the same time? Or can be?

Monday, August 1, 2011


Lyn Hejinian and Peter O'Leary (for Ronald Johnson) have given me permission to use their works. Now I've sent letters to the people I haven't heard from via e-mail: Marvel, James C. Shooter, Wizards of the Coast, and bell hooks. Please let me have permission to use these texts.

I'm finished with the overall work, and found breaking up the sentences into prose-poem stanzas works the best.

I'll be sending these off in September. Let's keep fingers crossed!

With Love,