"A friend asked yesterday if this blog is addressed to anyone in particular? I said yes– it’s a love letter to someone I haven’t met yet."
OPEN ROAD MEDIA, the wizards who publish my e-books, just sent over a new JC project they're working on that already looks stunning. No details yet, but those of you who enjoy the things I post here AND my work, you're going to love what's coming.
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Fear pounds on the door to our heart demanding to be let in. Joy is modest and often comes into our lives like a shy person entering a room; it can take a while to even notice it’s there.
While walking the dog yesterday, I heard someone coming up behind me so I stepped aside. A man dressed in runner’s clothes and pushing a baby carriage jogged by me. I thought another one of those Dad-joggers who volunteer to take the baby along when they go for their run. But what struck me was he was running pretty fast and the traffic light at the corner in front of us was turning red. When he got to the corner, the man didn’t stop—he jogged across the street. Luckily no cars were coming but on reaching the other side, the carriage caught on something and flipped over. I gasped and ran towards it. A baby screamed and the father, reaching down into the spilled carriage, pulled out---a large animal. It was brown, had big ears and looked very furry. Shocked by this totally surreal sight, I froze. It took several seconds for me to realize it was a baby dressed in one of those cute all body suits made to look like an animal. In this case, a bear cub. I reached the man and asked if the child was okay. He nodded but wouldn’t make eye contact and moved away as quickly as he could. He must have known I’d seen the whole thing and read my mind because it was yelling “You are one lucky motherfucker, *Dad*.”
My recent collection of short stories, THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A CLOUD, will be released as an e-book across all platforms on November 27. Only $12.95. You can already pre-order it at the Amazon/Kindle store.
When did your name
change from a proper noun
to a charm?
Its three vowels
on the thread of my breath.
brushing my mouth
like a kiss.
I love your name.
I say it again and again
in this summer rain.
I see it,
discreet in the alphabet,
like a wish.
I pray it
into the night
till its letters are light.
I hear your name
rhyming with everything.
— Carol Ann Duffy
I just learned that for the month of November, Kindle books over at Amazon has chosen THE MARRIAGE OF STICKS as one of their "Kindle 100," which means e-books cheap. STICKS costs $2.99 for all of 11/2012. OPEN ROAD MEDIA, which published the e-book version, said they will also offer the book for that price on all e-book formats in November.
You Don't Know What Love Is
by Kim Addonizio
You don't know what love is
but you know how to raise it in me
like a dead girl winched up from a river. How to
wash off the sludge, the stench of our past.
How to start clean. This love even sits up
and blinks; amazed, she takes a few shaky steps.
Any day now she'll try to eat solid food. She'll want
to get into a fast car, one low to the ground, and drive
to some cinderblock shithole in the desert
where she can drink and get sick and then
dance in nothing but her underwear. You know
where she's headed, you know she'll wake up
with an ache she can't locate and no money
and a terrible thirst. So to hell
with your warm hands sliding inside my shirt
and your tongue down my throat
like an oxygen tube. Cover me
in black plastic. Let the mourners through.