Tuesday, May 28, 2013


I have a poem in the current issue of A-Minor Magazine, called "Winter/Summer." The poem came from more than one report of awful boating or jet ski incidents involving blades, the vulnerability of being in the water near them. And from the sharp dangers of winter, ever returning. It seemed important for the title to be rendered with a slash mark.

And when will the furnace stop coming on overnight? Will it ever get all the way warm this May? May is almost over. Golden columbine and Ohio blue spiderwort are blooming. Pinks are beginning to open--today! Soon it will be June.

By the way, the slash is not just a punctuation mark anymore. It's a word, a slang word used frequently by young people. See this cool article by Anne Curzan in Lingua Franca.


Hannah Stephenson said...

Congratulations on the poem, Kathleen! Jet skis totally freak me out (well, it doesn't take much!).

Hope your almost-June is going well.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Hannah!

Maureen said...

Congrats on the poem!

That is an interesting article. Word origins, derivations, and uses always fascinate.

Carol Berg said...

That is one haunting poem, Kathleen!!!

Rowan Moore Seifred said...

This poem struck a chord with me for two reasons. One, we have had many drownings this spring due to warm weather and high fast water, and two, it doesn't look like a poem but it sounds like one and that gives me tremendous hope. Thank you.

Kathleen said...

Thank you, Maureen and Carol and Rowan. Yes, it's a prose poem, and I have been working on it for some time, finally getting it down to this spareness. Also, it's a poem that scares me. A lot!