I am thoroughly pleased to announce the arrival of “The Loss Letters”, my Dusie Kollektiv chapbook with the incredible Bronwen Tate (managing editor at Stanford’s Mantis), available for purchase here. You can pay as little as 1 cent! Each copy is hand-sewn by Ms. Tate herself. She knows how to do these things, and also how to knit amazing hats and mittens and concoct beauty in the kitchen. She’s indubitably a better poet than I am, and it was an honor to trade with her.

The chapbook formed as an idea when I sent Bronwen a ghazal back in October, and we proceeded at her suggestion to do a 48-hour-turnaround poem trade–ghazal, pantoum, villanelle, sestina, sonnet–until we’d both done a few of each. We weren’t allowed to talk with each other during that time, except through the poems. “The Loss Letters” turned out to be about grief and trauma, sure, but also about womanhood, motherhood, and ultimately, sisterhood.

Thank you, Bronwen. You called my spirit back.

§363 · February 1, 2011 · Uncategorized · (1 comment) ·


1 Comment to ““Loss Letters” Has Arrived!”

  1. Maryg says:

    As it pinged my cueiisotirs I had to read that last stanza a few times to absorb it. (I’m probably sleeping in too late during this holiday break)It can be an easy mistake to be held back with someone’s world too tiny. Perhaps as we decide they can fill a void. But, we later realize (I know from experience:P) that we had to wait for something better because assuming we want someone to keep forever, we will feel empty in the near future if we’re tied down by something so small. Compatibility .I guess I’m stating the obvious, but I like showing my appreciation for you work in comments. You’re definitely a favorite of mine!

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