Friday, September 28, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Good Friend Gets Good Exposure

Del Darcy is a one-of-a-kind friend from Tulsa. She was recently interviewed by I'm happy to share her good fortune.

Please read this if you have the time.

Del Darcy and Jennifer Lavoie

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thank You, This Land Press

"Forever Home on Mind" contained all the heaviest and most important stuff of my poetry and familial experience when I wrote it at 22 years old. A couple years later I thought it was crap.

An interviewer at Electric Literature asked me to read some of my poems in December 2010. I read her most of my best poetry, which she acted like she enjoyed, then I hesitated before reading "Forever". I said, "I wrote this a long time ago and I'm not sure if I want to read it." She said, "Well, read it if you want to read it. No pressure."

Leslie's embarrassing me with my poem during Sideshow Gosko at the KGB Bar.

I read it, and she said, "You were going to deprive me of that!" I could tell by her face she was sincere, but I was floored. She asked me to reread it for a recording.

Her response restored my faith in the poem, but I still didn't submit it or any other poem for publication till last month -- and This Land Press published it.

I don't know what this means. Should I stop submitting because my first submission got published (I'm currently batting 1.000) or should I stop trusting what I think about my own poetry?

I don't care really. I'm just terribly grateful for this moment.

Friday, September 14, 2012



Words exist longest if they are a mean of metaphysical and survival uses.


Thursday, September 13, 2012


I don't think
people are
inherently evil
I don't think
people are
inherently good
I think

Saturday, September 8, 2012


When you're old, every item in the apartment is sentimental.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Writing and The Sacred

Me: I think he takes writing very seriously. To him, it's sacred.

Friend: I can see that, but you do the same thing.

Me: Sure . . . . Wait, I wasn't saying that is a negative aspect of his process. Do you think it is?

Friend: It can be.

Me: True.