Smoking Poet, work poetry, and prose poems

The Spring issue of The Smoking Poet is now live. You’ll find art, art with poetry, and more poetry–poems by Paul David Adkins, Mercedes Lawry, Sierra Golden, David D. Horowitz, Raul Sanchez, and more. Plus TSP’s fiction, nonfiction, and interviews. A packed issue.

How do you balance work and poetry?

On May 10 (next Friday), 10 of us will gather at The Good Shepherd to talk about how we juggle the day job and our writing lives. We’ll also read poems about work?

I had a moment of panic–poems about work? Have I ever written about work? My job is not romantic (I’m not lofting bales of hay for horses on cold mornings) or heroic (I’m not a night nurse) or even really scientific (not in the analyzing samples of river water science way).

Then I remembered the prose poems–that winter we were testing our new internal content tools and feeling discontent, and I’d write Russian surrealism-inspired prose poems on the bus and then print them out and tape them to the wall outside my office. I was a one-poet morale machine. So I’ll read some of those.

I hope you can join us,

Friday, May 10, 7:00 PM, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA

and here’s the list of all of us:

J. Glenn Evans
Victoria Ford
Murray Gordon
Rebecca Hoogs
William Kupinse
Kristen McHenry
Dobbie Norris
Douglas Schuder
Michael Spence

and moderated by David D. Horowitz.

Speaking of prose poems

I have two myth-inspired prose poems up at Pirene’s Fountain, along with Jeannine Hall Gailey, Rustin Larson, Jane Yolen, and many more.