Very excited to have a poem in Jai-Alai Magazine! My poem, “Place of Shelter” is among drawings by Bianca Stone, “Lazarus in the Sprinkler” by Jim Daniels, and poems by Carlie Hoffman, Frank Baez, Catherine Pond and others. To the Editors, thank you so much for including me in this beautiful publication!
I don’t know about you, but this time of year always hits me hard, as it signifies the end — of winter, of school, of leases and internships, of waking up and walking in the dark, of struggling with seven or eight layers, of living in a certain city or country — and I love to find songs that rip your heart out and capture the intensity of these transitions.
- Blood Stutter by Handsome Ghost
- Empty Gold by Halsey
- I’m So Tired by Rathbone
- You Know Where to Find Me by Imogen Heap
- Charlie Gray by Valise
- King by Years & Years
- Sparks by The Do
- Hummed Low by Odessa
- Soft by Washed Out
- Better Than You Are by James Davis
- I Never Learn by Lykke Li
- True Affection by Father John Misty
- Pendulum by FKA Twigs
- Ignition by Pheobe Ryan
- HAM by Colette Carr
- Too Insistent (Trentemoller Remix) by The Do
- Good Good Night by Roscoe Dash
- Jungle Drum by Emiliana Torrini
- Homesick by Kings of Convenience
- Place de la Republique by Coeur De Pirate
- Party Up by DMX
In the coming weeks I’m going to feature a few guest playlists, so stay tuned.
Once upon a time at the AWP in Chicago circa 2011, Sally Mao and I were frozen and admiring the fur coat of poet and Rookie writer Jenny Zhang. The three of us wound up squished into the back of a taxi cab with an editor who told me about the word “sheleighleigh.” Although this incident pales in comparison to the AWP where we brought a houseplant to a bar and bought it a drink and/or won a pole dancing contest by accident, it was a prelude to an upcoming event:
“People Like You Should Fuck People Like Me” will take place on FRIDAY May 9 at Goodbye Blue Monday Bar in Brooklyn, New York at 7:00 pm. I shouldn’t promise that it will be a good time, but I will.
Hosted by Jenny Zhang
I will be reading with three emerging writers and poet Dana Ward this FRIDAY, APRIL 16 at 7 PM at KGB Bar, located at 85 E 4th St, New York. If you’re up for spending an evening with whiskey-fueled MFA students, please stop by and/or buy me a shot because it is the right thing to do.
Many thanks to everyone at Brooklyn Poets, especially Jason Koo, for making me the BKP Poet-of-the-Week! Check out the full interview, if you’re so inclined: http://brooklynpoets.org/poet/madeleine-barnes/
Today in the mail I received a copy of Blowtorch, the anthology from the Masters of Philosophy in Creative Writing anthology at Trinity College Dublin. I have a few poems in here alongside poems and stories written by the other M.Phil students, which causes my heart to ache a little bit–I miss our workshops dearly. Huge props to Christina Dowling, Oliver Revolta and Katie Phelan for putting together such a classy, well-designed publication. I’m also glad that my “argument” with the Trinity Halls warden provided its title.
My poetry chapbook, “The Mark My Body Draws In Light,” is available for preorder from Finishing Line Press!
You can order it here. It is $14, and ships on Jan 11, 2014.
The summer edition of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing is out, and I am excited to have my poem “Smallness” published in the company of Ellen McGrath Smith’s review of Judy Vollmer’s The Water Books. This edition also features wonderful poems by superstars Tomaz Salamun, Mark Irwin and Traci Brimhall.
Pleiades is the University of Central Missouri’s literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays and reviews by authors around the world. Visit the journal’s website to order a copy of this edition, subscribe, or submit.