It’s such an honor to see my artwork on the cover of Washington Square Review again. I loved creating this octopus embroidery! Thank you so much to the editors who commissioned this piece. The poet Javier Zamora and other fantastic writers have work in this issue, and I can’t wait to pour through it. I hope to see you at the journal’s launch party this Friday, April 29th at 7pm at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House. There will be readings by Jeremy Michael Clark, Andrew Mangan, and Kamilah Aisha Moon, contributors to the nationally distributed literary journal. There will also be octopus temporary tattoos, drawn by me. Enjoy!
“The Mark My Body Draws In Light often speaks directly to you. “You are speaking with your fingertips,” “Your tired brain floats above you,” “you have quarters for a song…” The wonderful poems of Madeleine Barnes are lyrics, epistles, and prayers that, in addressing you, welcome you into her capacious heart. You become a lover, an eavesdropper, a friend, you become both the wounded and the one who wounds. These poems display miraculous intimacy and compassion. “Throw your voice into this valley and it comes back a mountain,” Barnes writes. “You’ve done nothing unforgivable, say it. Transform many times.” – TERRANCE HAYES
“This debut collection exudes the confidence and nuance–the craft–of a veteran poet. The quiet passion and intimate grace of these poems plant us firmly in the physical world as one remarkable image after another blossoms around us. Exquisite. Lush. Big poems about smallness–everything we don’t notice, but should. Their evocative furious dreaming flashes across the pages liked the arced lightning of the heart.”
– JIM DANIELS