Thursday, June 28, 2012

106 degrees and Counting Plus a Poem

It's too hot to say anything, but coming up in future blogs are reviews of Heid Erdrich, Kathleen George, Paul Doiron, and Julia Spencer-Fleming, among others, and an interview with Joy Castro.

Try to stay cool! And if you're anywhere near the wildfires in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, or on the Northern Cheyenne Rez, sending you blessings. Please stay safe!

A poem for these hot times.


that I smile too widely,
grinning really, and laugh
too loud and often; that I walk
with spring and sensual sway;
that I stretch myself and twist
like a cat
baking in the backyard
brightness; that my brain is sun-bleached,
all rule and thought boiled away, leaving
only sensory steam;
that my feverish eyes see strange dancing
flames in afternoon shadows
along the sides of streets and Bedouin oases, fragrant
with dates and goats and acrid desert waters,
in every suburban garden we pass
while you argue and drive
and I stare, heavy-brained with heat
and too aware of my own body
and every other;
that I take a lover,
brazenly, crazily,
too sun-stupid to be careful,
in my dreams.

Published in Heart's Migration (Tia Chucha Press)


  1. Hi,

    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a contact email for you.

    A while ago I put out an ebook of my writing, called The New Death and others. It's a collection of short stories and poems, mostly dark fantasy.

    I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a review on your blog.

    If so, please email me: Let me know what file format is easiest for you, and I'll send you a free copy.

    You can download a sample from the ebook's page on Smashwords:

    I'm also happy to do interviews, guest posts, or giveaways. Just let me know what you'd prefer.


  2. I was linked here and I'm so glad. I really like your poem. I feels though I'm there although it is cool and foggy here where I am.

  3. James, my email's on the home page of this site.

    I don't review or feature self-published books on my blog. I've nothing against them, but if I open that door, I'll be drowning in people who want me to review them. I actually choose people whose work I find excellent to feature, and none of them have requested it.

    Thanks, anyway. Good luck.

  4. Lil, I'm so glad you found it and liked it.

    I must say, I envy you that cool fog. My bedroom air conditioner is dying on me as these temps hit. I could really go for foggy, cool air and walking along with a sweater on. Enjoy for all the rest of us!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. what a dream...

    sure not KC :)

    Great poem Linda.


  6. Thanks, Stacy! Glad to see you here. Looks like we're heading back up to those high triple-digit temps for the week again after one day's respite. Stay cool!