new poems up at Gris-Gris & new CR post!

Just a quick post to announce the release of the latest issue of Gris-Gris, which includes my poems “The Ladder” and “Clock Affirmations.”

“The Ladder” is dedicated to my friend Christine Maloy whose passing is also commemorated in my second chapbook, Corpus Christi Octaves.

This issue also includes work by Alejandro Escudé, Kristen Jackson, and Stanley Rubin among other stellar work. Read the issue here.

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Also, here’s the link to my latest What’s Poetry Got to Do With It? column published on the Cinncinati Review blog.

This time around I go into a few of the connections that I see between poetry and meditation. Here’s a brief excerpt from the conclusion:

Attention, which in meditation talk is often termed mindfulness or awareness, is invaluable to poetry. By having us pay attention to words, poems open ways for us to pay attention to the world.

Read the rest here.

See you Friday!

José

* quick post: new poems & audio

Just a quick post to announce the spring 2015 issue of Gris-Gris featuring my poems “Lion’s Den” (here) and “Superhero” (here).

Check out the rest of the outstanding issue featuring work by  Natasha Trethewey, Judith Skillman, and William Miller here. Thanks to Jay Udall & co. for their hard work in putting together an always engaging journal.

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Also, RHINO Poetry has been starting to provide audio for poems in their 2014 issue. Check out audio for my own poem “The Ashtray” here (the text of which can be read here). Thanks to Valerie Wallace for collecting audio files.

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See you Friday!

Jose

* quick post: poems up at Gris-Gris & Oklahoma Review

Just a quick note to share the latest issue of Gris-Gris, featuring 5 poems of mine.  Check them out here.

Two of the poems were inspired by the work of Takuboku Ishikawa, whom I wrote about here earlier this year.  Special thanks to Jay Udall for giving my work a home.

I am also happy to share the latest issue of The Oklahoma Review which includes my poem “Dandelions.” Check out the issue here.  Thank you to Bayard Godsave & co. for the opportunity.

Lots of great work in both these publications.

A happy and safe New Year to y’all!

See you Friday!

Jose