The Sealey Challenge

#TheSealeyChallenge Follow along on IG @imaginarydani. I’ll be posting all the books I read and reactions in my Stories. Day 1 Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky Day 2 Cease by Beth Bachmann “whether or not we know how to kill holy mercy we know how to bleed” – from “shame” Day 3 boy/girl/ghost by torrin…

The Year I Read 100 Poetry Books

Just like writing a poem every day for thirty days changes you, suddenly you realize reading a high volume of poetry changes you too. It tunes your ear, it refines your senses.

“I grow green with hope”: on Reading The Tradition by Jericho Brown

The first book I read after AWP was Jericho Brown’s new collection, The Tradition.  Please is still (and will probably forever be) my favorite book by Jericho Brown, but The Tradition doesn’t disappoint. Jericho Brown’s poems are some of the “cleanest” I’ve ever read. By that I mean, his economy of language is excellent. Some…

Call Script for the Reporting of Bad & Erratic Behavior

It’s not wonderful that nearly a year and a half after the Parkland Shooting, there was been no movement on gun reform in our country. Back in February of 2018, this is the poem I wrote in response to the event and the tactless—not to mention meaningless—chorus of republican “thoughts and prayers.”  Call Script for…

10 Reasons You Should Love My Bitchy Resting Face

This is my face. You don’t have to like my face. Whether you like my face or not, it’s not for you to decide what I do with it. Therefore, this is my face when it’s just a face and I’m not feeling the pressure to please you with it. Have you ever said to a woman, “Aw, what’s the matter honey?” or “You’d be so pretty if you’d smile” or “Smile, beautiful”? Do you think this is something the woman you were speaking to wanted to hear? It wasn’t/

Making 2018 a Kinder and More Kick-Ass Year

Real talk: Someday, I want to be a household name. People will point at me and say “Hey, I know that mop!” “She’s my favorite microwave!” I want to be as useful to you as your Vitamix and your vibrator.  That’s the long term goal. For now, the goal is just to write more and get…

Let’s Be Weird Together at the Poetry Circus

It’s pretty much guaranteed: you invite me to read poetry at your event, I will make it as awkward as possible.  I’m not saying the poetry isn’t good! I’m not saying the audience isn’t entertained (horrified).  All I’m saying is the photos are gonna be accidentally-dropping-your-cell-phone-on-your-face level awkward (you know who you are). Because I…

‘Wake, Pray, Slay’ and Other Things We Learn from Instagram

Spending too much time on Instagram lately? ME TOO.  But let’s not beat ourselves up about it. There’s a lot we can learn from Instagram, like how to love ourselves better, how to express solidarity, and where to find decent lingerie.  Sometimes we peek into our friends lives and see something beautiful, or messy, or…

Essay on Early Twenties at LEVELER

Now up at LEVELER a zuihitsu called Essay on Early Twenties  I can’t wait to see what the editors have to say about the piece in the “levelheaded” section of the site. If you’re not familiar with LEVELER I suggest a you take a look-see. From the editors: …each poem published by LEVELER is accompanied by…

New Poetry Suite in Nailed Magazine

NAILED was awesome enough to select a suite of my poems for a feature in December. Included in the suite are: “Define Girl,” “TIME Magazine Bans the Words Feminist,” “Alfie Darwood,” and the short piece below, “Texxxan.com” See it all here. A special thanks to their hard working editorial staff, especially Carrie Seitzinger! Texxxan.com like the shape in…

New Poems in Eleven Eleven, Sidekick, and Cider Press Review

Hello! Took a looooong hiatus during the holidays in which I wasn’t a great literary or social media citizen, but in which I did eat a lot of pumpkin pie–so, no, not sorry–but glad to be back! And with things to share… Poems from my new WIP were published last week by Eleven Eleven. I’ll just say it: I love…