Bling that Sings & New POP & The Rumpus & More Songs of the Week

Hi there.

Here I am taking care of business  while still under the grips of St. John’s and Tracy (my sister loaned it to me so I figured I’d give it a go, it’s very, very silly, I know).  I’ll try almost anything that will help me to continue propelling myself forward.  It’s been rough lately!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be included in Paige Taggart’s Bling that Sings.  I know I’ve mentioned this here before but Paige is not only an awesome poet but she also makes super awesome jewelry.  Check out her newly revamped site here and buy something for someone you love now!

In other news, the latest Poets off Poetry is up and features an essay by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout!  Check it out here.  Very exciting to have Rae contribute to my little series.

I have another review up at The Rumpus- Laura Gibson’s La Grande.  You can read it here.

And more Songs of the Week by the last of the Birds, LLC crew Sommer Browning, then Gregory Crosby, Zayne Turner, and the first two of four SOWs by  Matt Hart: Part 1 and Part 2.

Other than that things are just chugging along here…

Happy (Poetry) 2010.

Hey now.

It’s 2010.

New year, new decade, etc.

I guess it means what you make it.

That said, things are on the up and up over here.

I recently found out that Greying Ghost Press will be publishing my chapbook Office Work.  It is my first chapbook and I am positively beaming about it.  Some poems from said chapbook are forthcoming from Free Verse.   Greying Ghost also accepted manuscripts from Paige Taggart and Sampson Starkweather.  Exciting to be in such good company!

In other news, Sommer Browning has posted a recording of the reading I did for her Multifarious Array Series a few weeks ago.  You can get the direct link to the audio here.

Then there was this good-bad news from Alice James Books.

Did I mention that I went to see City & Colour last weekend?  Here’s the song he opened with:

Oh, and I am happy to be reading for The Stain of Poetry Series at Goodbye Blue Monday on Friday, March 26.  Will check in with more information on that soon.

Oh, and maybe that journal that I edit will come out sometime this century and we’ll have a party and everyone will have lots of fun…

Until we meet again.

While You Sleep She Makes Your Jewelry

Check out some really awesome jewelry made by a really awesome poet.

Mactaggart at

Even the item descriptions are poetic.

Here’s one of my favorites from the “Tortoise in the Bay” necklace:

“It might encourage sleep with a lemon between lips.” Intriguing…

Etsy is a really neat site of DIY crafty crafts. I always find about 800 things I would like to buy while I’m browsing.

In other news, POP (Poets off Poetry) will soon rise like a phoenix from the ash…stay tuned.