Thanks to Katherine E. Young for choosing my poems “Green Card” and “Folk Art” for the anthology, Written in Arlington, Poems of Arlington, Virginia. Although I live in D.C., I have worked for 20 years in Arlington–first in Rosslyn and now in Crystal City. This is a rich anthology on a myriad of topics, but all tied in some way to this diverse and unique area. I was also able to read my poem “Folk Art” at an online event hosted by the Arlington Public Library series, “From Diane’s Livingroom.” We had a great discussion about poetry and Arlington. See the YouTube Video of Arlington Public Library Poetry Reading: Live From Diane’s Living Room! Ep. 9: Written in Arlington with Poet Katherine E. Young and Friends, December 18, 2020.
These poems have been cooking for a long time and finally found their true shape and audience in the Marsh Hawk Press Review, Spring 2021, edited by the incomparable Eileen R. Tabios. The eco-poem, “Porch Sitting,” about the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains haunted me for a long time. Having lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 10 years, I can still hear those mountains.
The beautiful journal Fledgling Rag published by Iris G. Press has included 4 of my poems in Issue #20. The poems explore difficult topics from female genital mutilation to racial profiling to gun control. Thanks so much to Lisa Munson and Le Hinton for giving these poems a home among such great company, including poems by Jose Padua, Reuben Jackson, Brandon D. Johnson, Rose Solari, Truth Thomas, Sarah Ann Winn, and featured poet Holly Karapetkova.
All the proceeds from the sale of Fledgling Rag go directly to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. Issue 20 costs $20 but is on sale for $15. Previous issues are $10. You can send your total payment directly the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic online at:
My poem, “That Kid,” has been published by the wonderful Northern Virginia Review. Our kids with differences take a lot of heat from people who have no idea what drives their behaviors. But these kids are brilliant and need to develop at their own unique pace to really shine.
Volume 34, Spring 2020 can be read here.