“From the Latin Purpureus, Meaning ‘Crimson’ but Mistaken for ‘Purple'” addresses being first- and second-generation American in the latest issue of Redactions. Although this poem isn’t part of this issue’s tribute to Whitman’s 200th birthday, it navigates borders that Whitman used to love blurring. And someday I will leave this country again and not be afraid of border patrol when re-entering.
Last night I received word that Redactions: Poetry & Poetics included my poem “Young Seahorse Viewed as a Transparent Object” in its 2016 nominations for the Pushcart Prize. This poem is in the good company of Redactions’ other nominations, poems by Randy Gonzales, Rob Cook, Amorak Huey, Steve Mueske, and Kristina Marie Darling. Redactions has posted all the poems it has nominated, not just for 2016, but through the years, so that you might enjoy them here.
“Young Seahorse Viewed as a Transparent Object” and “Ivory Arms, Face, Feet; Gold Clothing” begin Redactions 20.