Poetry reading: 2 mythological poems

My apologies! I had recorded a reading of two poems for IGTV and was planning to add the video to my YouTube channel so I could embed it here. Unfortunately two things happened. One was that I just found out that I can no longer embed videos on my blog, because I downgraded to a less expensive plan. Second, I accidently deleted the video from Google Drive when deleting it from my phone. D’oh indeed!

So I have tried this new (new to me at least) “embed from Instagram”-thing and this probably-for-you-also-blank square is the result. If you have an IG account, clicking on the square should take you to the video. But then again, if you have an IG account, you might already be following me there, so you may have seen this video already.

If you don’t have IG, I’m sorry that you missed this video. I promise not to accidentally delete the next video I record. I’ll be making videos all summer and adding them to my YouTube channel. I won’t be able to embed them here, but I can at least post a link!


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What Helen of Sparta left behind when she went willingly with Paris

Burnt sienna walls, pomegranate trees, oranges and the river that breaks its banks after the November rains; pieces of eggshell hanging by a ribbon from the shrine roof; clay figurines, storage jars, stories, seal-stones, frescoes, hymns; spring wreaths of hyakinthos and orchis quadripunctata moist with sweat; abducted girlfriends, disguised as boys for their wedding night; endless gym classes; thirty-one craggy-faced, grizzle-bearded suitors; countless sheep, oxen, and a horse cut into pieces; a torchlit room with damp sheets, meddling Aphrodite in the corner, smug; a motherless Theseus, a motherless Hermione, who was only nine.

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Two poems @ Free Verse Revolution

My artwork on the cover!

Two of my new poems “The barmaid” and “The cure” have been published in the inaugural issue of Free Verse Revolution. I also sent in a photomontage artwork to illustrate the first poem, and to my great delight it made the cover!

If you’d like to get your hands on this wonderful new magazine, all you have to do is go to the Free Verse Revolution website and you can download your copy there.

Be sure to let me know what you thought of my poems. I appreciate the feedback!

Work accepted by Free Verse Revolution

I have some news to share with you …

Free Verse Revolution:

We hope you are as excited as we are about the release of Issue I: hebe (the fountain of youth)! To tease you a little further, below are the incredible writers, artists and photographers whose work will be featured in our first issue.

The cover reveal will be released this Sunday coming at 2pm GMT.

We cannot wait to share this issue with you in March.

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