Sunday, October 24, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 24, 2021)

Every Sunday morning, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. Here's the session for October 24, 2021. Thanks for watching!


Poems read:

  • How to Corner the Market on Horse Cadavers by Lindsay Sletten
  • Parthenogenesis by Stevie Edwards
  • Conversation by Ai
  • Three Green Windows by Anne Sexton
  • Somewhere in California by Rumsha Sajid
  • Call It Instinct by m.l. smoker
  • Sonnet in the Higgs Field by Brooke Matson
  • Fine by Kim Addonizio
  • Prayer by Kaveh Akbar

Saturday, October 23, 2021

"Digging" in Evergreen: Grim Tales and Verses from the Gloomy Northwest

Good news! Sharma Shields and Maya Jewell Zeller have edited a new anthology of regional work entitled Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest. The collection comes from 56 contributors and moves through the beautiful and curious space created by artist Keeley Honeywell. 

Among the pages you'll stumble across my story Digging, which first appeared in Lake Effect literary journal and then in my first collection of stories, The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press, 2009). 

"In the surreal ‘Digging’ a young brother and sister try to come to terms with their homicidal mother and search for ways out of their imminent dispatch" (John Kenny in his larger review of the collection)

The stories in Erin Pringle's The Floating Order focus on images and ideas frequently linked in Western literature--fairy tales and reality, madness and imagination, death and children. Stories such as "All I Have Left" and "Digging," with the repetition of the title phrase in the former and, in both, systematic, but vivid and mythic plots, echo the way confessional poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath dealt with what then seemed disparate connections between the madness inherent in fairy tales and childhood experience. (Rene LeBlanc, in her review of The Floating Order entitled "Veneration of madness" from Texas Books in Review, 2009)

Order Evergreen for you and your friend who appreciates interesting gifts, visit Scablands Books 

P.S. Should you go looking for The Floating Order, you'll need to find it in used bookstores or from used online sellers, as the publisher went out of business several years ago. So, it's especially nice to have a story rescued from its bound grave and asked to breathe again.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 17, 2021)

Every Sunday morning, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. Here's the session for October 17, 2021.


Poems read:

  • Love Town by Anne Carson
  • Alone by Jack Gilbert
  • Stay Home by Wendell Berry
  • 36-40 from Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • 52 and 57 by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson
  • Poem with a Girl Almost Fifteen by C.D. Wright
  • That Purple Were the Color of Our Skin by Maya Jewell Zeller
  • The Summer Day by Mary Oliver


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Story News: Chair, $75 OBO in Issue Six of Moss

My story Chair, $75 OBO, is now available to read in the literary journal MossMoss. is made in the Pacific Northwest and features many regional writers, so not only is my story in good company, but I also know much of the company, which is an unusual and pleasing experience. Moss. is one of the few journals that pays its contributors, so encourage that dying pastime by subscribing:

Chair, $75 OBO will be in my next story collection. This seems like a good time for a general update on that collection. It's finished and awaiting a home so that it can find its way to yours. 


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 10, 2021)

Thanks for joining me for another session of poetry. We're somehow in October. I'm glad you've found yourself here, too.

Poems read:
  • 15. from XIII. A Small Porch in the Woods by Wendell Berry 
  • Walking in Paris by Anne Sexton
  • B.F.F. by Hieu Minh Nguyen
  • Grief Runs Untamed by Agnieszka Tworek

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 3, 2021)

Last Sunday, we didn't have poetry because I was under the weather, or the weather was on top of me. Either way, I'm better, and so here's another Sunday morning of coffee and words. Thanks for checking back in and all the positive feedback. Have a lovely week!

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 3, 2021)

Poems read:

  • Song of Change by Daniel Halpern
  • Relative Pitch by Jack Gilbert
  • 1953 by Jack Gilbert
  • Outside my Window by Polly Buckingham 
  • Poem with a Dead Tree by C.D. Wright
  • My Imminent Demise Makes the Headlines the Same Day I Notice How Even Your Front Teeth Are by Momtaza Mehri
  • Sonnet: Hamnavoe Market by George Mackay Brown
  • Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley 

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