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Saturday, March 31, 2012

love this poem


A blue sheen
radiates from my clothes.
Jangling tambourines of ice.
I close my eyes.
There is a soundless world
there is a crack
where dead people
are smuggled across the border.

Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Fulton

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Four Centos

The good people over at Lambda Literary have published four of my centos.

Each cento borrows/steals first lines found in Tim Tim Dlugos’ A Fast Life, a book that rocked my world.

What'a cento???

Click here for the answer!

Monday, March 19, 2012

And the winners are...

I pulled these names out of a paper sack. Congrats to all three winners. If you didn't win, you can buy my book here or here.

These two people will get a paperback of Slow Lightning:
Derrick Austin
Andrea (Andee) Beltran

This person will get a hardcover:
Steven Sanchez

Derrick, Andrea, and Steven, send me an email to claim your book!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


dare i say this? spring has arrived in nyc! granted, winter never arrived. it snowed a couple of days but the snow didn't stick. these past two days have been warm and lovely.
No other major American poet deploys the word “nipples” as often as Mr. Gilbert does.
there's still time to enter the book giveaway! check the post below.
today i ran into thomas heise in union square!
oh, nyc, i love you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

book giveaway!

i have a book out in the world. did i just type that sentence?

yes, i did!

monday i received my paperback copies. saturday i received my hardcover copies.

aren't they pretty? excuse the blurry pic. my hand was shaking. don't know why...

to celebrate i'm giving away three copies of my book.

two paperbacks. one

(see what i just did there? i'm a poet!)

to win a book: leave a comment.

i will write down the names on pieces of paper, put the pieces in a hat, and pull out three winners!

of course, you can always buy a copy. :)


update: your comment won't show up instantly. i have to approve each comment before blogger will publish them.

Robin Becker Prize

from Seven Kitchens Press:

SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS announces the 2012 ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer writer.

Prize: 50 copies (a $350 value).
Submission deadline: Postmarked between March 1 and April15, 2012.
Eligibility: Open to all L/G/B/T/Q poets writing in English (no translations, please).

Please note: Two manuscripts will be selected as co-winners: one by a writer with no previous book or chapbook, and one by a writer with previous book or chapbook publication.

Guidelines here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

My Book Starts Shipping This Week!!!

Yesterday, I cried. Why? My advance copies arrived in the mail. Ten copies of my book are stacked next to me right now. Ten!!

The book is gorgeous. Thank you, Yale University Press, for doing such a great job.

I spent nine years writing this book, and now, it exists in the world.

You can buy it now from Amazon. The book starts shipping this week. This week!

Click HERE to order.


Monday, March 05, 2012


i went to paris. i went to awp chicago. i'm tired but thankful.
sandra beasley's awp recap.
these past few weeks have been crazy busy.
i slept most of the day.
jet lag sucks.