Love & Insects by Jessica Dawson

Love and Insects

The ride home
dragged on
like a Sunday sermon.

His words were butterflies.

Eyes on my bare legs,
he barely filled
the space of a minute
with spurts
of hesitant conversation.

My lashes worked
thumping subliminal messages,
fireflies in a coffee can.

                – Jessica Dawson

Jessica Dawson is the editor at Gunpowder Mouth Press, mouth full of gunpowder, belly full of twigs, you can connect with her on Facebook here.

*poem first appeared in Words Dance #9

Four Ballerinas Resting Between Scenes by Tammy Foster Brewer

Four Ballerinas Resting Between Scenes

This is the part of the song
where he sings it’s a little
unclear and I can’t focus
on anything except to push
the headphones deeper
until I find myself staring
at a calendar painting of Degas’

ballerinas, time caught in strokes of blue
yellow fighting for attention
a naked shoulder, a shadow brushing
across an open back, concentrate

on the phases of the moon wrapped
in her hair, a girl’s secrets do not
disturb, it’s the music that makes her
vulnerable beneath her costume
a guitar climbing up her thigh
she can’t make it loud enough

but remember this isn’t art just
a calendar tacked to a cubicle wall
where everything fits neatly inside
black and white boxes of days
spent waiting between scenes.

                                – Tammy Foster Brewer

Tammy F. Brewer is married to the poet, Robert Lee Brewer, and is mom to 2 sons, 2 stepsons & a daughter. She received her BA in English from Georgia State University in 1997. She was born, raised, and still resides in Atlanta, GA where she works as a paralegal.

*poem first appeared in Words Dance #11

Welcome to Words Dance

Hi! Heaps of Love & Gratitude for being here to celebrate this with me, truly, it means so much to me. I am so stoked to breathe new life into Words Dance.

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,