Two Newly Published Poems

I have a couple of new poems up at the fine journal “Vending Machine Press.”  You can find them here.

There’s some really fine work in that issue, but I especially liked “Milk Crates” by Melanie Teague, which I thought showed some really fine use of enjambment and a killer last stanza.

Now, of  course, I saw these are “new” poems but really, they are  newly available. “Subway Poem” stems from a trip to DC for an academic conference a couple of years after I had moved away from the NoVa area after graduate school.

Spoiler Alert: I don’t miss Northern Virginia. I sometimes miss parts of DC, but not often.

Essential Faults was part of a project I did a couple of summers ago, where I wrote a poem for all of Wallace Stevens’s “Materia Poetica” statements. I don’t remember which that one was inspired by. But perhaps I ought to send some more of those out to places. I’ve managed to place two of them, I guess, but I wrote 40 of the damn things, so perhaps I ought to put more of them to work.

This sort of makes me feel as though I ought to spend a little more time on poetry. That sounds like a worthwhile project for summer vacation; right now it’s all revising Paladin all the time.

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