Category Archives: Poetry

How Long Does It Take To Write a Poem? Also, “Inside Her Heart,” and a class!

I’m teaching an online class on writing science fiction and fantasy poetry on June 30 at 9:30-11:30 PDT. It’s a fun class because it draws people from many different backgrounds with many different goals. Some are dedicated poets, looking to … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Video of the First US Launch Reading for Veils, Halos & Shackles

Note: the poems in this video deal with sexual violence. This reading, which took place at the Long Island Writers House on April 17th, was truly powerful. It was a privilege to be the first reader among such fine poets. I hope you’ll take a … Continue reading

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Poem: A Season with the Geese

This poem originally appeared in Abyss & Apex Magazine.   A Season with the Geese by Rachel Swirsky Once when we were young, we flew to Europe with the geese. Twined neck to neck we sailed the Seine chasing ripples and water bugs, lost … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s time for nonsense.

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll   ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves       Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves,       And the mome raths outgrabe. “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!       The jaws that bite, the claws that … Continue reading Continue reading

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