Ask the runes --and ask the stars --was this a lost cause from the start?was there ever a chance to win?was there ever a risk of failureless than of starting again?I ask the runes--I count the cost--is there regaining what was lost?was it ever growing there?did the leaves ever spring greenupon the branches in the … Continue reading Ask The Runes /// august 21st, 2021
TW: suicide When she died (cause marked unknown) they flayed the flesh from her white bones and peeled the contours of her face with careful touch and subtle grace - they (the undertakers three) hung it out and steamed it clean the sagging wrinkles ironed out, new scripture stitched into her mouth. “We could have … Continue reading “All Our Love” – Enough Is Enough.
I got Archie Bongiovanni's poetry zine 'Broken and the Broke' through the Wiggle Bird Mailing Club on Patreon, which sends out zines by trans/queer poets every month! In fact, I subscribed specifically because I saw a bit about this one, and I felt my brain go 'oh....yes... this sounds like my thing'. So, here we … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Broken and the Broke by Archie Bongiovanni
Elaine Marilyse is a disabled Anishinaabe poet who I'm quite happy to say that I inhabit the same local creative community as, and so Unraveling is one of those lovely pieces of work that I acquired at a zine-off at a coffee shop in Ottawa. Other ways of getting poetry are fun, too, but there's … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Unraveling by Elaine Marilyse
While I don't get into the more triggering material in this review, the arrival of rain includes material about war, gun violence, child death, parental abandonment, semi-explicit sexual scenes, references to assault and racism. It's been a while since I got this particular book of poetry, but the anecdote around me getting it is still … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: the arrival of rain by Adedayo Agarau