Editor Mike Northen asked great, difficult questions, including: how I see my role as an editor, what I look for when reading poems for District Lit, how literary magazines can be more accessible to all writers/readers, disability science poetry as a genre, and more.
Diane writes, “Not all of the poems are speculative, but even those that are not come from a place which is maybe foreign to many people … There is a physicality to some of these poems, which puts an able-bodied person in a completely unfamiliar universe.”
She explains that my poems “explore how the world is experienced through the physical filter and how others experience and treat someone with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia.”
Today, Calamus Journalpublished my poem “The martian comes to me” in their second issue.
I’m always honored when my poems are accepted for publication in new journals. When a literary journal is just starting up, it’s a magical time. There’s so much possibility, so much slush pile to read through, so much that could go wrong.
When an editor (really, a person who truly believes in literature/poetry/voices/sharing writing, really, just a person) decides to start up a lit mag, it’s no small feat. I’m always impressed by new lit mags starting up and thriving, trying to make themselves heard and create a strong space for good writing, or even failing. It’s an impressive accomplishment to create a lit mag — so thank you, Eric Cline and Trevor Richardson, for sharing your new literary magic with me.
This poem was a fun reflection on transportation, and what another lifeform might think of our messy traffic and the ways we get around.
🚄 It starts on a subway in Paris.
🚌 Moves to a bus in Chile.
🚢 Sinks into depths in a German submarine.
✈️ Takes off in an American airplane.
🚀 All for the martian to find the method of commuting that reminds her most of her spaceship. To find out more about transportation and herself.
Another one of my space poems was published this spring! This year has been amazing for my poems — they’re sprouting up everywhere!
“Aging with the solar system” was published in Black Heart Magazine on April 17. It explores the laws of physics, time, and relativity. The age you are now on Earth is not the age you’d be on other planets.
The planets in the solar system have orbits around the sun that take different times to complete. It takes Pluto a lot longer to go around the sun than it does Mercury.
So if you lived on Mercury, you’d be a lot older because of its shorter orbit around the sun in our year versus being younger on Pluto because of how long the dwarf planet takes to get around the sun.
It’s wacky to think about, for sure. That’s what got me going in this poem. That time and years aren’t the same on each planet.