If wives or mothers were the essential undergirding for the world’s business, run by men, did I want to walk away from the chance to be essential? No. But I wanted more.
Wendy Chin-Tanner. Poet, writer, editor, educator, mother, wife, daughter, New York native, Portland transplant.
Kelley99 is a Seattle-based illustrator and “proud activist of the F-Word.” DIY badass with her own art tattooed all over her body, this punk princess is a full-time free spirit dreamer. Kelley sat down with Luna Luna to talk about art, Girl Power, and embracing the beautiful dichotomy that comes with being human.
I admit I wrote a Leonard Cohen poem once. I was young—
With a glance of your eyes you could plunder all the wealth of songs struck from poets’ harps, fair woman! -Rabindrath Tagore, (“With a glance of your eyes…”)
My Monomania is an interview series I began on my personal website a little over a year ago. The name describes it pretty well. I use the series as a way to help bring attention to people whose work makes me feel obsessed. It follows a simple format: the subject is asked to answer WHO, …
Happy holidays! Everyone’s doing lists and talking of shopping and getting together with family, they brave the crowds and wait in sweaty lines. I myself avoid it like the plague (and flu shots). For the past few years since the divorce, I’ve spent Christmas alone. My daughter goes to her dad’s since he’s Catholic and …
James Franco is sexiest when he’s severing that arm nerve.
I often find myself sitting in some dark bar or other asking myself what poetry is. What are the “rules”? (Why is that poet STILL reading?)
People tell you if you ever want to have any real impact as a poet, your next book should be a memoir or a book of short stories.
Nin Andrews is a great poet and person. She’s kind, creative, funny and genuine. She’s been a friend of mine for some time now, and she’s someone I really admire because of her boldness as a poet. She was one of the first prose poets I was introduced, the first poet I ever read who …
To me, the huge fall from grace, the knowledge revealed is not sexuality or nudity or shame, among other things, as it is for Adam and Eve, but is the fall from trust. Lilith’s lost innocence is that she learns she can no longer trust Adam, trust men, trust the (male) creator.
All the questioning comes to this: is life an end in itself? We know that to live is a gesture of great faith and belief in the human experience — is it worth it? As much as my sadness wants to say no, there’s some part of me, the part maybe most human, that always says yes, of course it is.
This week I’ll be posting a 2-part conversation I had with poet/editor Laura Madeline Wiseman about poetry, feminism, art, inspiration, her new chapbook, First Wife, and what we’re both at work on!
Half way through her tenth grade year, my daughter brought home House on Mango Street. “Hey Mom, you ever read this book? We’re reading it in class, I wanted to finish it this weekend ‘cause I hate the class discussions. They just talk about the themes (she made a disgusted face) like language and empowerment …