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Happy Valentines Day from Dorothea Lasky to H.D. and from us to you, dear reader!

Happy Valentines Day from Dorothea Lasky to H.D. and from us to you, dear reader!

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rookiemag:

“I Had a Man”
By Dorothea Lasky

Today when I was walking
I had a man tell me as he passed
That I was a white bitch (he was white)
And to not look at him
Or he was going to ‘fuck me in my little butthole’
I wandered away
Who is to say
I think I am a white bitch
My butt is big
But I believe my butthole is little
This violence that we put on women
I don’t think it’s crazy
Someone I know said
‘Oh, that man was crazy’
I don’t think he was crazy
Maybe he could tell I had a look in my eye
That wasn’t crazy anymore
Maybe he could feel the wild cool blood in me
And it frightened him
And he lashed out in fear
Maybe he knew I was the same as him
But had been born with this kind face and eyes
Doughlike appurtenances
What about the day I left
What happened then
Still I’m glad he said that to me
Still I’m glad he was so cruel to me
What bitter eye knew I had a voice
To say what men have done to me
What unkind wind has blown thru my brain
To make me speak for the wretched
To speak wretchedly about the ugly
To make my own face ugly and simple
To contort this simple smile into a haunting song


Dorothea Lasky’s poetry reminds me that there is everything and nothing scary about being a girl, being complicated, being vast and containing multitudes. Her new book, Thunderbird, came out on Tuesday from Wave Books and this poem and other beauty poems are in it.

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-Jenny Z.

It’s nice to see this making the rounds again!

(via altlitgossip)

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believermag:

Poets’ Bookshelves. An ongoing series of posts documenting some of the books collected by our favorite poets. This week: Dorothea Lasky, most recently the author of Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012).

See the rest of the series.

Here are my shelves for believermag's series on Poets' bookshelves! Thank you, believermag!

Dorothea Lasky’s stunning bookshelves and tschotskes!

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Did you know that ON Contemporary Practice has put essays from their two collections online? Here are a few that feature Wave authors:

Dale Smith on Hoa Nguyen

CAConrad and Brenda Iijima (pt I of II)

Robert Dewhurst on Dorothea Lasky

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Poetry has already moved onto their next issue, but before we forget, we want to share this picture of these incredible buttons made by the magazine to accompany Lemony Snicket’s Poetry Not Written for Children That Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy. The portfolio has poems by two Wave authors, Dorothea Lasky and Eileen Myles, in addition to many other wonderful poets.

Poetry has already moved onto their next issue, but before we forget, we want to share this picture of these incredible buttons made by the magazine to accompany Lemony Snicket’s Poetry Not Written for Children That Children Might Nevertheless EnjoyThe portfolio has poems by two Wave authors, Dorothea Lasky and Eileen Myles, in addition to many other wonderful poets.

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Check out this write up of Dorothea Lasky’s visit to B.F. Day Elementary in Seattle! Lasky is not only a poet, but a teacher. She co-edited Open the Door: How to Excite Young People about Poetry, published by McSweeney’s.

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Seattle folks! Email bdennison@wavepoetry.com with the subject line “Dorothea Lasky SAL ticket” to be entered to win two tickets to see her talk “On the Materiality of the Imagination” at ACT Theater in Seattle Thursday, November 21st. The winner will be drawn at 5pm PST on Wednesday, November 20th. More info here: http://bit.ly/19nDUsB

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Two different Thunderbirds by Washington presses. Must be something in the air.
Thunderbird by Jane Miller (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)
Thunderbird by Dorothea Lasky (Wave Books, 2012)
Thanks for sending, Copper Canyon!

Two different Thunderbirds by Washington presses. Must be something in the air.

Thunderbird by Jane Miller (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)

Thunderbird by Dorothea Lasky (Wave Books, 2012)

Thanks for sending, Copper Canyon!

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"Dottie" Lasky, Eileen Myles, Rachel Zucker…#weird and #amazing.