Honored to have another poem at Via Negativa. This one was inspired by poems from Luisa A. Igloria and Dave Bonta; you can read their poems and also learn more about this type of traditional Hausa garment by following the links beneath the poem.
Grateful to Dave Bonta for his entry at The Morning Porch which inspired this poem, and for sharing “proud women in bright wrappers” at Via Negativa. For those unfamiliar with this type of collage art (which was common in north Africa, particularly during the 1970s), there is a search link at the end of the Via Negativa post which should bring up some samples.
I’d like to thank film-maker Eduardo Yague for making two beautiful (and very different) films from my poem “Considering Luminescence” — one in English, and one translated to Spanish. “Considering Luminescence” was first published in Loch Raven Review, and is archived at The Poetry Storehouse. You can read the poem in English in the text below the Spanish-language film.
I’d also like to thank James Brush, editor of Gnarled Oak, for including my short poem “Hidden Flowers” in Gnarled Oak issue 3: Blue Vegetarian Lions.
Deeply grateful to Ruben Quesada of Luna Luna Magazine for giving “Hunger Family” a home. This poem was inspired by poems from Dave Bonta and Luisa A Igloria (at The Morning Porch and Via Negativa), and Guy Traiber’s comments on his Utopian Fragments blog.
I’d also like to thank James Brush, editor at Gnarled Oak, for encouraging the revisions that brought my poem “Holding the Moon” together, and then giving the final version a home in Gnarled Oak Issue 3: Blue Vegetarian Lions.
“Discarding Axioms” — a collaborative poem written with Michael G Smith, is up at Whispers today. Thanks to Karen O’Leary at Whispers for introducing this poem to the fine community of poets and readers at Whispers. (Poets, take the opportunity to look around at some of the other offerings and, if you like what you see, consider submitting.)
You can read more of Michael’s amazing work at michaelgsmithpoetry.com.