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‘Reading About Poetry (whilst thinking about girls)’ in LAVENDER REVIEW

In December I had a poem published in the Muse edition of the Lavender Reviewcalled ‘Reading About Poetry (whilst thinking about girls)‘. I wrote it back when I was at uni, trying to complete a rather tedious homework assignment – which then turned out to be far more fun than I’d anticipated! Here’s an extract:

George Segal, Gay Liberation Monument, Sheridan Square, NYC (1980). Photo by Robert Giard. Courtesy of the Stephen Bulger Gallery. I’m squeezing alliteration
out of her gluteus
maximus, medius, and minimus
until they are oozing
with assonance.

I’m licking the ligature ‘ash’ off
her lobulus auriculæ,
and when I
open her bra (
that she bought at the market)
I find iambic areolae
flitTING aCROSS my BRAIN
punctuated at periods with
mammary papilla…

You can read the poem in full, and/or listen to me reading it aloud (if you’re into that sort of thing) on the Lavender Review website.

The Lavender Review is an international, biannual e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including whatever might appeal to a lesbian readership. It was born on Gay Pride Day, June 27, 2010.

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Day 12: Small Press Advent Calendar: WRITE BLOODY

day 12Poetry has long been a form that has provided a space for marginalised voices to make themselves heard, and both this next publisher and poet have done their fair share of amplifying the seldom heard. Behind door 12, we go over the pond to…

‘The Madness Vase’ by Andrea Gibson, Published by Write Bloody

Write Bloody are grass roots, DIY, boot strap believers who believe that great poetry and other forms of literature changes people for the better. Based in California, they publish and promote:

“4-12 tour savvy authors per year, and [their] authors are out there — in small record shops and large colleges, in strange theaters and swampy bars — doing readings all across Europe and the United States.”  

[And it’s true what they say, I caught Buddy Wakefield in Bangor, of all places!]

the madness vaseIf you like your poetry spoken with passion and full of raw emotion then you’ll love Andrea Gibson. The poems in ‘The Madness Vase’ by Andrea Gibson cover topics from hate crimes to playgrounds, from international conflict to hometowns, from falling in love to the desperation of loneliness. Throughout her career, Gibson’s poems have always been a call to social justice. But this collection “goes beyond awareness. Her images linger in our psyches and entreat us to action. They challenge us to grow into our own skin.” – Read more here.

To give you a sense of her work, here’s Andrea Gibson performing a longer version of the title poem, ‘The Madness Vase’. She explains that some of the motivation for the piece was the It Gets Better Project, a campaign that really reminds us of the power that words can have as people share their stories to make a difference to the lives of young L,G,B,T&Q people.

‘The Madness Vase’ is available to buy (in time for Christmas) from Amazon: £5.18 on Kindle or £9.00 paperback (or direct from Write Bloody if you’re in the US.)

Amazon also features a small preview of the book, where you can read a couple of the poems.

[Day 12 on the Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘Fog’ by Nick Jarvis – hey, that’s me!]