Daily Poems I'm reading in 2020 (won't you read with me?)

A poem for January 1 2020:

Peg Duthie's "By Way of Sorrow"

Published almost a decade ago in Strange Horizons.

For January 2 2020, I'm reading R.B. Lemberg's "archival testimony fragments / minersong", published by Uncanny in 2015

You can hear the poem read on the Uncanny Magazine's podcast, episode 4 at 26m16s.

For January 3 2020, I'm reading Amal El-Mohtar's poem "This Talk of Poems", published in Mythic Delirium in 2013.

It's quite haunting to think of poetry as vengeful... Don't ask your lovers to write you poems.

For January 4 2020, I'm reading S.R. Mandel's poem titled "On the Return" published by Eye to the Telescope in 2013.

The link itself has many other poems from Issue 8 of the journal. So enjoy the others as well.

It's January 5 2020 and I'm reading F.J. Bergmann's "Household Gods" from 2001.

and I'm thinking of who watches over my home when I'm not, or when I'm home and unawares.

For January 6 2020, I'm reading Emily Jiang's "Merciful Deity" published in Stone Telling in 2012.

It's reminding me that I should finally get to reading The Journey to the West. Something I've delayed since high school.

It's January 7 2020 and it's a longish poem I'm reading today by C.S.E. Cooney published in Goblin Fruit in 2010 titled "The Sea King's Second Bride"

On the 8th of January, I'm reading this stunningly beautiful poem titled "Epiphyte" by Shweta Narayan from 2011.

I'm thinking of this verse specifically: "Listen: banyans strangle their hosts."

Today is 9 January 2020, and I chose this beautiful poem by S. Qiouyi Lu's "Parallax" published in the last issue of Inkscrawl in 2016. Read the rest of the poems in that issue too.

I'm thinking of the arc of that e at the end of the poem.

It's a rainy Friday, 10th of January. Today I'm reading Lynette Mejía's "Changeling".

And I'm thinking of the silence in the poem. Maybe I'll think of it for the rest of the day.

It's 11th day of the year. And my eleventh reading: I'm reading Malka Older's poem "Inside" from the No Walls issue of Rogue Agent in 2017.

What damage have walls done to your ability to live?

It's January 12, and today's poem is Toby MacNutt's "Batholith".

The poem reminds me of discussions I had many years ago where we thought of the body as porous and what it does to intimacy and relations. I'd like to think the same of planetary crusts.

The poem for 13 January is Nicole Kornher-Stace's poem "All the Daughters of this House" from 2008.

I'm enthralled by how Lily wants to be the bluestocking of the house in part II of the poem.

On the 14th of January, I'm reading Bogi Takács's "Seven Handy Ideas for Algorithmic Shapeshifting," published in Glittership in 2018.

I like the handy idea of shapeshifting as a mangled political statement, and the one to satisfy extreme curiosity.

It's the evening of January 15 2020. Today's is "Shag" by Folly Blaine.

How would you escape the angry carpet you just hooked up on? I'm not sure I can escape this kinda stuff, I'll probably be the one pushed towards it.

On January 16 2020, we read Alex Dally MacFarlane's "Most Beautiful in Death" [PDF, see page 21.]

These two lines are what stopped me in my tracks today:
"But I was lovely in death; for you
that is enough."

On the 17th day of 2020, I'm reading Elizabeth R. McClellan's "Concerning The Curious Burial Customs of the Witches of Megaira".

I'm thinking of what a curious world the community at Megaira looks like, just look at this stanza:
"They put meteors by the airlocks
in their homes, a new folk magic,
long-ago apostate now
fierce protector at the gate."

It's 18 January, the today is C.S. MacCath's "Sol Prayer: by the Oracle duality Chang Shen / Song of the Star Cradle"

It's a beautifully written piece of , in shape (the middle line is the longest: 21 words) and in form. What would a prayer for fusion look like?

It's pretty late in the evening of the 19th of January, and I sat down to read M.J. Cunniff's "The Widow and the Wave".

about grief are always intense.

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