This week I was lucky enough to meet the amazing Matthea Harvey, goddess of mermaid poems, at the Rose O'Neill Literary House. We talked about the intersection of poetry and visual art and the obsessions that both feed into this collaboration with (different parts of) the self and feed on it. Miniatures. Wildflower names. Mermaids. Silence of the Lambs. Tabloid headlines. Fairy tales. We collect all of these things and recombine them in our work, verbally and visually. And then Matthea read from her newest book, If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? It was amazing. What a magical creature. She really is as lovely as you imagine her to be. I'm still fangirling over here.
|James Allen Hall, me, Matthea Harvey, and happy students. Photo by the dearest Julie Armstrong.|
Now coming up in two weeks, I'll be headed to Philly for a reading celebrating The Book of Scented Things! On Friday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at L'Etage night club & cabaret, I will be reading alongside poets and friends James Allen Hall, Jason Schneiderman, and dawn lonsinger. What a fun night that will be. And we would absolutely love for you to join us! Party like a poet, y'all.