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Book Deal: New Anthology of Liberty Hyde Bailey's Garden Writings

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John Stempien and I are pleased and deeply excited to announce that we have signed a contract with Comstock Publishing, an imprint of Cornell University Press, for publication of a completely new anthology of writing by Liberty Hyde Bailey, tentatively titled Marvels at our Feet: A Gardener's Companion.

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Poem: "Day Sleepers"

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 Image: János Thorma, Daydreaming in the Fields (Wikimedia Commons)

My poem "Day Sleepers" is now live on Commonweal Magazine's website, coming to print soon in the September 21 issue! Read it now and let me know what you think:

     Around midafternoon, our dreams slip out to have a walk around.

     They slough off the brightness of day, cloud our vision
     and take our pulses.  (read poem)

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Poem: "Ice Sheet Archive"

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It was a joy to return home from my summer residency and wanderings to find my contributor's copy of Broad River Review's 50th Anniversary Issue in the mail, which includes my poem "Ice Sheet Archive."

softly: lettered peninsular shapes
at the edges of these pages part
with one gloved finger's brush

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Poem: "Sunrise, with Motherly Influence"

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Image: Pixnio

I'm ecstatic to have my poem "Sunrise, with Motherly Influence" included in the Summer Fiction Issue of Commonweal Magazine.  This is my fourth contribution to Commonweal, and it's a special poem to me for a number of reasons.

     We drink coffee though it tires us,
     we love our partners and in loving
     we forget our work. (read poem)

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Two Poems in Latest Issue of Commonweal

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Image: Consolidated Edison power plant in Manhattan (Hope Alexander, EPA)

I am beyond grateful to have two more poems in the forthcoming issue of Commonweal Magazine, one of which is dedicated to the lovely Monique Edwards and both of which are online now!

Read "Annual Thaw" here,

and read "Found in the City," dedicated to Mo, here.

          the water, the worms, the city become
          a room resonant with confusion and us . . . (read poem)

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Poem: "Sweet Potato Elegy"

I'm very pleased to share that my poem "Sweet Potato Elegy" has been published in the May 18, 2018 issue of Commonweal Magazine, available online here!  Here's a teaser:

          I used to think a tumor like a stone
          or tuber could be lifted from the land

          it lodged in. This was not so. Sweet orange flesh
          of future bloom, you'll spread your steaming funk

          for us tomorrow if I tend you well . . . (read)

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image from Elements of Agriculture, for Use in Schools, 1903

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Poem: "Losing Track of the Conversation"

The latest issue of Dunes Review includes both my first poem published in print since undergrad and my brother Sam Linstrom's first print publication, which is this image that he made in response to the poem. You can order a copy of this Winter/Spring 2018 issue here, and you can see my poem and Sam's illustration as they appear further down in this post. I've already begun to tear into some of the other work in this issue, and there's some good stuff.

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Inside Your Mouth, 2018, by Sam Linstrom, b. 1992

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Three Poems

Very happy to share news of the publication of three poems in Narrative Northeast's "Eco Issue," alongside such poetic heroes as Camille Dungy and Kwame Dawes. You can read my small contribution here (preferably on a full screen, for best formatting with the image). Even better, my pieces are accompanied by this lovely illustration by my brother Sam Linstrom! His work is amazing and you should follow him on Twitter!

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Soot, 2018, by Sam Linstrom, b. 1992

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Poem: "What was Precious"

I'm very happy to announce the publication of my poem "What was Precious" in Valparaiso Poetry Review. You can read the poem here, and listen to my reading of it here.

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Cover art (Superb Sunbird, 1991, by Robert Lostutter, b. 1931) for issue XIX.1 of Valparaiso Poetry Review

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Archives and Apples in the Electric Text Podcast, and Stempien’s Videos Continue

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The semester is not only in full swing, but has somehow entered midterm season. I am in my first semester of neither teaching nor coursework as I plow through (more like dig around in) my first dissertation chapter. My current task has largely involved synthesizing Liberty Hyde Bailey’s vast and diverse work and making it legible to literary studies and ecocriticism. My advice to friends is not to ask too pointedly about how it’s going — the first chapter (so I’m told) is often the hardest to get done. Turns out the genre of the dissertation is tricky, and the stakes feel high. In the meantime, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating on a couple projects in media other than writing.

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