I’m in Issue 33 of the 34th Parallel Magazine

33 COVERI just purchased a full color copy of the 34th Parallel magazine. The poem I wrote was accepted for publication and is available, RIGHT NOW! This piece was special in many ways for me. From its subject matter to how it presents on the page, my poem Rapid has a story to tell.

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In addition to my piece, the magazine has some very engaging stories from authors with various styles of writing. They have amazing talent. I am certain that anyone who reads issue 33 of the 34th Parallel Magazine will find it visually exciting, thought provoking and engaging.

Check it out and let me know (write a comment below) how you enjoyed the piece.

The tesseraction

At the core of it all…

Consciousness creates reality

Nothing would be the same
ever again—

Namaste in the way
we distrust—
extracting pure consciousness
just to drown in it—

Entire colonies were wiped out—
notes were taken—
the moon used to spew lava
but now it’s dead—

We were an infinite’s last ditch effort
just to show us what we had done—

We worshipped money as a god—
gnawing on nothing;
plastic skin smooth
as a succulent in the sand—
we could no longer keep quiet—
we deserted—

We burned the whole world
to the ground— we apologized
as a formality; we paid out;
we kept going—

The cancer of the last phase
of civilization reaches
into my voice—
my finger tips—
we held hands as we jumped—
we turned into liquid—

Prefabricated minds
spill down the grimy gutter
into the sewer that’s sieved
for bitter water; your river of life
full of garbage, human waste, torsos—
we…

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Where the Mind Dwells, Eber & Wein

eberweinpieceMy copy of the Eber & Wein anthology (Where the Mind Dwells – Consolation) just came in the mail! I have one poem in this anthology. My piece is a contemplation of time. I thought about how it is divided, measure, and categorized. This piece shows how I relate to each day. After giving some thought to the passage of time, it began to feel different.  The end result was my piece, The Day Constant.

After a poetry workshop, I worked several more revisions and finally settled on the expression that captured my meaning/message. I really enjoy contemplating themes such as time, nature, TheDayConstantPoemhumanity, religion and sensitivity that effect the world. I try to imagine what effects are being felt from them. My piece, The Day constant, is the conflation of time and space. It is  the bisection of past and future. It doesn’t immediately measure anything instead, it can be read as a magnification of the ideas of measurement. The distance between past, present and future might be seen as negligible.

I am very grateful that the editors found my piece enjoyable enough to include in this anthology and would very much enjoy the opportunity to have another included in future publications. If you have not already experienced Eber & Wein’s anthology publications do yourself a favor and check them out at Amazon.

Kelly Fordon

Great interview!

Speaking of Marvels

kelly fordonThe Witness (Kattywompus Press, 2016)

 What are some of your favorite chapbooks? Or what are some chapbooks that have influenced your writing?

A Girl Could Disappear Like This by Deborah Schwartz

Don Dreams and I Dream by Leah Umansky

Homebodies by Sarah Jane Sloat

Invisible Girls by Erika Lutzner

What might these favorite or influential chapbooks suggest about you and your writing?

I often write about motherhood, and the delicate balance between art and the domestic, and I love Sarah Jane Sloat’s chapbook because it addresses, so adroitly, some of the same issues. Erika Lutzner is concerned with how certain circumstances foster violence as well as the invisibility/ vulnerability of children, a subject that I have tried to address in this particular chapbook.

What’s your chapbook about?

This chapbook was written in response to the testimony offered by members of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests and…

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34th Parallel Magazine likes my poem!

3220coverI am so excited! The editors of 34th Parallel Magazine have enjoyed my poem entitled: Rapid and sent me notification of their interest to publish it.

I subscribed to this magazine after reading about it in Poets & Writers. Last year I began ordering and reading some journals and magazines that I felt would be a good match for publication of some of my work. A few of them turned me down and others I decided would not have been a good match for my poems at that time. I read through 34th Parallel Magazine and knew that I had to at least try to get one of my pieces in their magazine. Their articles were so fresh and resonated with current topics of interest to me (as well as with others I am sure).

I am excited to have one of my pieces published in 34th Parallel Magazine and can’t wait to read their next issue!

Inside Out Literary Arts Project

 

THE GREATEST NEWS I HAVE IS…. “I have an Internship!”

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This winter 2016 semester, I will be an Intern with the great folks over at Inside Out Literary Arts Project. As a [recently] published poet, I could not have found a better opportunity than this. Take a moment to read about all the wonderful work this non-profit organization does in the city of Detroit.

Being an Intern with the Inside Out project will give me an opportunity to learn how to educate the youth about the process of creative writing. I want to pull from the knowledge of those who are actively involved with this process. If I could name one overall result from this experience that I would like to come away with [upon completion of the Internship] it would be to have a working knowledge of the dynamics involved with the classroom-to-teacher relationship.

As a poet, I have a working knowledge of the creative writing process. Through Wayne State University’s association with the Inside Out Project, I am positioned to learn so much more and intend to capitalize on the availability of scholarly guidance. As an aspiring educator in creative writing I have the opportunity, through my association with the Inside Out project, to acquire a framework on which to build a solid foundation for nurturing a student’s overall experience in public education—and my journey will continue.

In the near future, I have my sights set on entering Wayne State University’s graduate studies program in creative writing for the fall 2016 term. After completing this, I have plans to apply for acceptance to an MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) program with a concentration in poetry.

As I move forward with my final semester of undergraduate studies as an English major at Wayne State University, I also move forward with new opportunities for partnership. This partnership blends the Detroit youth, who are invested in the Inside Out Project, along with all those educators, Writers in Residence, Principals, and Parents who want to see excellence in education. Inside Out is rising high with a bright future in Detroit. It’s a tremendous honor to know that I will become a part of their forecast. (Click here to find out how you can get involved).

Writing an Artist Statement

For the past month I have been chipping away at writing my very first Ang3Artist Statement. It’s a wonderful process because essentially I get to brag about the best part of me! On the flip-side, it means I have to write about myself which is not really my strongest point. I can write about many different topics and do it very creatively. I can ponder (sometimes endlessly) the state of the human condition in American and in the world. When I sit down to talk about myself there are all sorts of things to consider. Some of those things will forever remain in the proverbial vault. Other items are very delicate and need a special audience. The biggest reason I find it challenging to write about myself is because I haven’t done anything so worthy of being written about.

When I think about writing an Artist Statement I only have one accomplishment under my belt and that’s my poetry being included in an anthology this past fall of 2015. I searched the internet for some samples of Artist Statements and found a few that were nicely written. One blog page had some very encouraging bullet points on writing an Artist Statement. I have my statement completed and (thankfully) I will get to have it work shopped in my advanced creative writing class this evening.

The funny thing about this situation is…I have always been able to write, describe, dismantle, and deconstruct everyday life. Who would have thought that an Artist Statement would be the knockout punch that would slam into my face, pushing me off balance, and leave me groveling on the floor…me—a poet!