Brand New Online Mag, Bluestem, Goes Live–With Me and a Bunch of Other Peeps in It
This is a great magazine with some really fine work, and I highly recommend reading all the work. It’s terrific. Thanks to Roxane Gay for allowing my work to appear here!
My piece, “The Poet in Convalescence,” is here. Here’s a bit of it:
The poet in convalescence is learning a new language. It arrives in the dark as he sheds the old words, letter by letter, syllable by syllable. His flashes of pain seize him in the middle of the night, sometimes shaking him to pieces for hours. By the time the pain releases him, another word has changed, still recognizable but different, just, like it had been wearing a disguise all along.
He writes them down, to keep the new meanings intact. He tries to memorize them. Dream, he writes. A purple and gold flower. May be used as an anecdote to lycanthropy. Also good in soups.