Poetry has been a large part of my life since I was 12, writing ABCB poems in middle school to living & writing alone in my attic apartment in my early 20’s immersing myself in the Beats, Bukowski, Plath, Sexton & so many others. To bringing Words Dance to life in 2003 & then a few years later connecting to some of the brightest lights in the small press, it has been a constant in my life. It has been the water running through the pipes of my creativity. Words Dance, of course, has seen a few transformations over the years but the passion never withered, only deepened, hollowing out my bones to make a home & at the most uncanny time, it began to dance again.
I’ve poured so much of my passion into this space over the last week. Days before Scott’s death, I started the site’s revamp, taking small steps. (For those of you that aren’t familiar with Scott Wannberg & his work, please, take the time.) After, watching the community come together, my drive was pushed forward to rekindle it, staying up long past this mama’s bed time most nights.
What I was reminded of this week most of all is that I love the community just as much as I love the poetry.
Thank you Scott, you will forever be an inspiration to me & so many.
Up there in the left sidebar, or by clicking here, you can sign up to receive a free issue of the magazine (you’ll have to jump through a couple of emails to confirm, etc.) It’s a compilation of poetry from past issues of Words Dance. It howls – it’s dedicated to Scott because he did & still does. I know all of this is still so fresh & tender for so many of the people that were closest to Scott. I hope that what I’ve done here shows my deep respect, love & gratitude for him & you.
Slowly getting my footing here, I’m not sure what shape the blog will take besides announcing issue & book releases — my hope is to continue to share some of the poetry from the past print issues that didn’t get to be in the free issue, here on the blog, along with new poetry, art, book reviews, mine & others’ musings on poetry & the state of it, interviews, poetry happenings, just a realm of goodness if you love the art. If you would like to receive blog updates via email you can do that here. I would love for this to be a community effort. I hope that you will feel at home here to share your stories, memories, anecdotes. Your opinions, dreams & hopes. I hope to get more poetry into more hands with the help of yours.
Submissions are open for the first issue, release date is during the first week of November! Deadline is October 1st.
Click here to read the Submission Guidelines. I’d love for you to be part of this.
Love & deep respect,