In the Circus of You: Step Right Up


Illustrator Cheryl Gross musician Karl Preusser, and I have attempted to create a grotesque peep-show that opens the velvet curtains on what Mikhail Bakhtin refers to as the carnival. The carnival is the creation of a second world—a second life—a second self. In the Circus of You, chronicles a woman’s journey into her alternate reality. In the big-top-of-the-self, she faces her issues with sanity, motherhood, monogamy, divorce, creative / destructive impulses, appropriation, and ultimately beauty. The poems and images create a novel-in-verse where dead pigeons talk, conjoin twins copulate, clowns hide in the chambers of the heart, and the human body is turned inside out. In the Circus of You is coming to your town in 2015 thanks to Rose Metal Press.

I would be extremely grateful if you would consider watching and / or sharing our collaborative poetry film for In the Circus of You.


Here is the YouTube link to the film:


Umbrella Poems: AWP 2014

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I’ve begun to turn umbrellas into poems.

AWP this year will be in Seattle. People will need coverings. Lets cover them in poems, yes? Please send me your poems and I will paint them onto umbrellas to give away at this years AWP.  I’m hopeful to bring a suitcase full of shelter to AWP.

Please send your poems to by February 25th, 2014. I will give your poems out here:

2014 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Washington State Convention Center &
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
February 26 – March 1, 2014

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