dear Georgia. let my children know


untitled blue #1“under water” © 2016 StacyMichelle

I was woman first.  one

who floated in the middle of a month

barely bruised ground. squarely

blew budding blue moon

into sympathetic nights

I was never without truth.  & I never

gave in first. nor second.  maybe third

or fourth.  maybe in the middle

of a dream.  in a missing room

where the walls vanished.  & came home again

exquisite in my magic

I was song in throat

nest & vessel

I knew I would bear children.  all

under water

(C) 2016 StacyMichelle 


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: StacyMichelle, Poet

thank you Nikki for the spotlight. I really appreciate it

Nikki Skies

Was there any particular reason behind the creation of your chapbook?  If so, what?

This chapbook has been writing itself for a number of years now.  the motivation behind it was to peel back the covering and shine a light on the chasm an absent father can leave in his daughter’s life.  I wanted to display the painful truth & bewilderment, and also acceptance & forgiveness that starts the healing process.

How important is form, such as rhyme and line arrangement? How does form effect the overall art of a poem?
I focused on the arrangement of the lines instead of form for this collection.  I choose my line breaks with words that hopefully snatch the reader’s attention.
How important is the accessibility of a poem?
I know what the poem means to me; a lot of times it is cathartic to get words down, so when something I’ve written…

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