l u c e m
the last rays of sunlight drift through
dusty windows. we are resetting; we
are surviving. in the midst of wind-
swept Sundays and fatigued Mondays,
we find ourselves heart-full, a-
drift in our own words and
ways until the snow falls and the
sky opens up to us, dear, again.
this month i'm attempting to focus on slow-living,
on making time to dream and daydream and create,
on finding the magic in the things i had forgotten,
on letting myself move from one task to the next
with space into between, with much more care for myself.
what are your goals for the month, creative or otherwise?
email me back and let me know what you're up to (:
h a p p e n i n g s
the poet will be reading from peeling the yellow wallpaper
in a deeply bewitching night of poetry at A Novel Idea
in East Passayunk. register here with a
$5 suggested donation!
"in which i walk into the woods, and do
not return", a poem, will appear in
the dark forest issue of wyrd & wise
between mid-November and the
end of the year!
the poet will also be doing typewriter poem
pop-ups at the spiral bookcase Fridays in
December, so if you're looking for a
unique holiday gift, look no further!
a n n o u n c e m e n t s
after nearly two years of querying my
novella and much discussion with
some very dear literary friends of mine,
i'm decided to self-publish the book!
look for to rule the desert, a sapphic
desert gothic reimagining of the tale of
Orpheus and Eurydice, in May 2023!
this tale boasts abandoned motels,
gothic ambiance, truck-driving ferry wo(men),
snake-charmed night managers, and
a road-trip gone terribly wrong, and i'm
both very proud of it and very excited to
share it with the world!
i've also begun work on a sister chap
for peeling the yellow wallpaper that
explores the red string of fate throughout
literature, in a (predictably) midwestern
gothic setting. this won't be out for a bit, but
just know that if you enjoyed yellow wallpaper,
more is on the way!
peeling the yellow wallpaper
the release for peeling the yellow wallpaper went far
better than i could have hoped! i am overjoyed
by all of the positive reviews and sales
for this strange little chap of mine, and
cannot thank everyone enough
for participating in this launch and
loving this tiny chunk of my soul just
as much as i do!
if you haven't yet, please pick up a copy
through the spiral bookcase!
if you have read the book and feel like
giving it a good review on Goodreads,
it would be much appreciated!
f r o m t h e p o e t ' s d e s k
"i hang yet/another handwritten scrawl on the wall
/and glower at/everyone." - a sneak peek from
my poem for Wyrd & Wyse
- (alas, this is also the mood this month)
r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s
things i'm loving this month!
the mushroom oracle by broccoli
mushrooms. oracle. need i say more?
this painting by tina figarelli
i stumbled upon this artist on tiktok of
all places, but she's a modern classical
oil painter and one of the most talented
contemporary artists i've seen recently!
this piece specifically reminds me
a lot of my own body type, which i tend
to hate, so seeing this rendered in such beauty
was a glorious, glorious experience.
november leaves pt. ii by greywaren on Spotify
my latest autumn playlist (as we transition into
the sad folk music time of the year)
a ghost in the throat by doireann ni ghriofa
part prose, part essays, part memoirs, this strange
book tells of two writers centuries apart struggling
to free themselves from the narrative.
i truly cannot get over how
gorgeous this writing is!
this is how you lose the time war by amal el-mohtar and max gladstone
this is the spiral selkie book club read for December! if
you want to join me in discussing this one,
you can grab the book here.
w r i t i n g
what experiences do you have with the red string
of fate, literary or otherwise? i'm interested
on everyone else's take on this subject i'm
currently delving so deeply into.
email me with your poems, your prose, your
haikus (looking at you, Michael!), etc
and let me know your thoughts!
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you can follow my own poetic endeavors at mrobinsonwrites.com
- m. r.