A poem of mine is up for a National Magazine Award. The poem is called “Talking w/humans is my only way to learn,” & takes its title from Microsoft’s twitter bot, Tay. That phrase was her mantra in the 24 hours she was… Awake? Alive?
The poem was originally published in The Puritan by guest editor Sonnet L’Abbé, in the Irish journal Banshee, & it’s in my chapbook from last fall, Summer. Enormous gratitude to these publishers & editors.
There are so many great poems on this list, & I am happy to call many of these talented poets my friends.
O hai! I have some news. This Magazine just hired me as the new poetry editor. I’ll be trying hard to keep up w/the great work Dani Couture has been doing there for years. The incoming fiction editor is the excellent Andrew Battershill. You might know this already, but This Magazine has been in print since 1966, & has published some of Canada’s most important & progressive writers.
I’ve got two new poems in the summer issue of The Fiddlehead, called “P-town sonnet” & “An update on the search for gravitational waves.”
“P-town” refers, of course, to that paradise called Provincetown, MA, at the tip of the Cape, where I went last year for a week-long workshop with one of my favourite living poets, Nick Flynn. I was so out of my element & had so many epiphanies there! From the poem: “Everyone wants the photograph without/the world in it.”
“An update on the search for gravitational waves” is a long-ish poem about ripple effects on your life from the past… the blood & leaving/blood & leaving.
On another note: one of the things I hope I never get over is when you get your copy of a mag with your poem, & you see so many people you know and admire in there, too. In this issue are a bunch of fellow poets I am proud to call my pals, including Michael Prior, Cassidy McFadzean, Shane Neilson, Dani Couture, Dina Del Bucchia, & Ben Ladouceur.