Here’s today’s poem, followed by the source text:
our truck, our dog
after all the bad nights
and my failure to mother
after all the need we failed to repair
we took a vacation
evacuated our home of bad luck
and there in the beautiful forest
then in the deep air of summer
my husband broke down
the petrified beautiful night
was our last close call
From Conscience Letter 233, Received December 8, 1982
For the month of April, I’ll be taking on a 30/30 project for ELJ Publications, the amazing press that published my first book, How to Break My Neck. My poems will be posted here daily, so read up, my friends! I’m taking a stab at found poetry. My texts will be the “conscience letters,” which are letters written to–and collected by–the Petrified Wood National Park. I’ll cite the dates or cataloging number used by the park service. The letters can also be found in a book called Bad Luck, Hot Rocks. Let’s get it rolling!
Nicole Ross Rollender was kind enough to pose some seriously challenging questions about the writing process for How to Break My Neck. Give it a read at her wonderful Carpe Noctem blog. And you can sign up to receive updates from her when she posts!
Come see me! I’m happy to have a few readings coming up, and I hope to schedule more.
Wednesday, February 17 at noon, Harper College (Room L109) in Palatine, IL
Sunday, February 21 at 1:30 with ELJ authors Joyce Goldenstern and Sandy Marchetti, Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago, IL
Thursday, March 31 at 5 pm with authors from ELJ and Orange Monkey, Ham and Eggs Tavern, Los Angeles, CA (During the AWP)
Questions? Reading requests? Email me! I would love to hear from you. jwalshpoetry (at) yahoo.com
Y’all. The book is ready for pre-order. It’s at the printers. This is real!
Hi all–Here are links to a couple of publications. The first, Ninth Letter, posted my poem “The Library Again” from last year’s Illinois Emerging Writers Gwendolyn Brooks Competition. The second, Yellow Chair, has a piece I am quite partial to, “The Eyesore, The Nuisance,” from my new project of rural Gothic poetry. More to come soon!