My first (ever!) book review! I'm grateful to The Mad Poets Society, a local non-profit organization, for supporting my work. I have participated in two of their readings in the past, and they graciously agreed to preview my new chapbook.
I love these lines from reviewer Abbey J. Porter:
I've been teasing some big news for awhile, and now that I've signed the contract I'm finally ready to share. My newest chapbook of poems, titled Mid-Bloom, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press!
This collection of poems centers around the loss of my mother to cancer when I was just 15, and my own experience with cancer at age 36. In these poems, I explore themes of childhood, family, illness, survivorship, and the ways in which my cancer brought me closer to my mother even though she's not here.
The cover design is not yet complete, but I am thrilled to be able to use the artwork pictured here--ink and watercolor by the talented Linnea Broling.
Anticipated publication should be later in 2021, but of course, these things change. As soon as pre-orders are open, I will share the details!
"Art may not make anything better, but there is some power in recognizing that someone else has felt as you do, that your interiority, which seems especially in grief so unreachable, may in fact share a space with the inner life of another." - Mark Doty
Today, each year, so many of us reflect and think about where we were when we first heard about or saw the unbelievable historical event that has undoubtedly changed our country forever. Ultimately, I think it matters less where we were, what we were doing, how much we remember. What matters more is what followed. How we moved forward. Where we are today.
In that spirit, an article about the place of art in times of tragedy. Poetry matters, people. It does.
Can Poetry Console a Grieving Public? by Mark Doty
BA in English