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Part With Never
now available

You have no
suit of armor,
what good is one
of wax?

Hello Everyone,

It’s great to be back with you after a hiatus of several months.  I am very proud and pleased to announce that I have been spending that time with my nose to the stone that grinds, finishing up my MFA, and putting the final touches (as if a poem is ever really finally touched . . .) on this, my first collection of poems Part With Never.

This work represents the culmination of the last three years’ extent of the processing, extricating and remodeling of thoughts; of somehow figuring articulation, and large-scale replication.

Between these covers exists an ongoing conversation with Place & the feeling of being Dis\Placed, the ideas of Home; clouded memories; evasive emotions; the sound of bees, hidden & busy inside the hive.


. . .

I chose abandon,
never favored the familiar.

I can’t find a river to listen;

these kids throw whiskey bottles
instead of stones to decompress.

. . .

from Urban Demoralization

 


. . .

The briefest hesitation left to lean,
a casual wall; the smell:
old wood in the stairwell.

. . .

from In the Driveway

 


. . .

Thumbs and forefingers
formed the mouths of hungry birds,
filled their beaks with pink flesh,
set aloft upon thermals
generated by oiled feathers
and songs disguised as whispers.

. . .

from The Minutes of the Afternoon Were Like Bright Mirrors

You can purchase the book using PayPal by clicking on the “Buy Now” link below.

I appreciate your support, and welcome your feedback.

Cheers!
CarlaJean

View the cover : Part With Never
{I designed the entire book—cover & text layout—myself.}

 

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Writer’s Bloq

Today I joined an online community.
This still feels strange, the saying of it, the words themselves . . .  I am very uncomfortable being with being so accessible, but it seems time to surmount these not entirely unreasonable concerns and “Create an internet presence”, of which this venture here is also a key component.

Writer’s Bloq is actually a great place to “meet” (and by meet, of course I mean, compile as much background information possible on without ever speaking in person to) some of your contemporaries if you’re writing today.
It’s also a great place to check out the emerging and established talent that may or may not be your competition.

You can read some of my poems here.

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Exciting Breaking News!

This interview of the poet/editor extraordinaire Matthew Zapruder by the president of BookBaby, Brian Felsen, touches on the place of poetry, and the role it plays, in the digitized culture of today.  Yum!

Also, check out this R*A*D! tiny video, created as part of a collaborative effort between musicians and poets known as “Pink Thunder”, by Michael Zapruder, who has also (*gasp!) created some amazing pieces of visual/audible art: “portmanteaus” that onomatopoeiaously excite, an astounding component to this admirable endeavor.
You can also find out more about, & then of course, order the book/CD–combo here!

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How To Be Alone

Here is a charming lil’ film that may set your mind at ease, no matter what your current romantical saturation.

How To Be Alone

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Here is a wonderful article, brought to us by the good people at the Atlantic :

Have you ever wondered about the origins of these little marks we use without giving a second thought, these grammatical harbingers that bring order to our literary chaos?

If you love punctuation marks as much as I do, some admittedly a whole lot more than others, then you’ll get a kick out of this.

My favorite little segment was dedicated to the em-dash, though I harbor a certain affection for the interrobang; if you’re not familiar with it, well, there’s a second reason to read this piece!

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2 Great Magazines

FOUND is one of my favorite magazines, the sheer brilliance of humanity flying through a parking lot, aloft on a summer breeze . . . soaking in the unidentifiable color of the wetness in the gutter . . . haven’t You come across a stranger’s shopping list on the sidewalk, been surprised by a random Polaroid in the last used book you purchased? (You do still buy used books, right?)
     If these types of ephemera enchant you, I highly encourage you to explore!
*My many humble thanks to the multi-talented Davy Rothbart for birthing this beautiful brain-child!
A Public Space is another favorite~an all-encompassing envelope of enlightenment!
Essays! Stories! Poems! Reviews! Visual Art! : It’s got it all, baby!
Check it out, better yet, SUBSCRIBE!

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Letters of Note

Here is an amazing sight/site!Letters of Note is an online collection of correspondence which long predates the internets, and that, if not for Shaun Usher, would’ve been long tossed off in its wake.

Letters, postcards, telegrams, etc.  Each one tells a story that deserves telling again.
Also, you may enjoy Letterheady: a site dedicated to unique and beautiful letterhead designs & Lists of Note, two more sites maintained by Usher.
Cheers!

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