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Michelle McGrane has a post about my chapbook, Price Reduced Again, at her beautiful site, peony moon.   Hit the link and take a look!  I’m thrilled to be there.  You’ll also see a sample poem, She Told Me Money Does Not Buy Happiness, Then She Hopped In Her BMW And Drove Away.  Many thanks to my editor, Crystal Folz of Backpack Press, for all her work!

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While you’re at peony moon, be sure to look around.  Michelle McGrane is an amazing poet.  She has been published in numerous journals and is the author of Fireflies & Blazing Stars (2002) and Hybrid (2003). Her third collection, The Suitable Girl, is forthcoming from pindrop press.  You’ll find a sample poem from The Suitable Girl at the pindrop press link.  I can’t wait to read it all!

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Michelle is also one of the most generous poets I’ve ever met in my life.  Most of her site is dedicated to promoting other poets.

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peony moon is a must read for the serious poet or lover of words.  Poems, new books, old books, interviews with poets, and reading lists are all beautifully showcased.  It is one of my favorite poetry sites, and Michelle is one of my favorite poets.

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Since I began reading peony moon, I now have some new books on my shelf and a “must buy” book list that is several pages long.  Check out the favorite poetry collections for 2009.  It runs for eight posts, from November to December.  I also love the interviews with poets and beautiful artwork at peony moon.

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Thank you very much, Michelle, for highlighting Price Reduced Again.  And much appreciation to you all for your kind words and encouragement.  It has kept me going!

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First, a couple of notes:

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Thank you to everyone who has been asking about my chapbook.  The first time I mentioned it, I said it would be out in late summer.  Oops.  I was wrong.  But it’s all good.  Crystal is working on layout now.  I can only imagine what a big job that is.  Everything she does is beautiful.

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I’m very pleased with the freedom of expression she has given me (we’re underground folk…no uptight rules).  My daughter, Amber, made the print for the cover.  I can’t wait to show you that awesome piece of art.

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It will contain all new work that has not been posted on the internet.  Unless, of course, we change our minds and slip something old in.  Again, that’s the beauty of underground freedom.  But right now, it’s all new.  I will let you know all of the details as they unfold.

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♦ The same thing goes for my poem in Plain Spoke.  There was a delay, but it looks like things are rolling along.  I’ll shout it out as soon as I know for sure which issue it’s in.  They’re also good people, and I highly recommend any issue.

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♦ I just had a poem accepted by Southern Women’s Review.  That made me happy, because I really love what they do.  That should be coming in January.  I’ve been way too slow about submitting, so I’m trying to make myself get back out there again.

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As always, thanks so much for your support.  It means a lot to know you’re here.

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And now, on with the poem…

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Eulogy For A Midwife


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She grew up with muscles,

rosemary braided in her hair,

wild onions on her tongue,

large feet firmly planted

on those red clay roads.

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She walked ten miles one-way

with blood stained buckets,

rosewater, talcum, ginger.

Hot peppers to encourage birth.

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On chicken feather beds,

her big hands spanned

those moaning globes,

gave them roots to chew,

breathed life beating music

back into their wombs.

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They are all hers—the farmers,

the speakers, doctors, preachers.

The twins who came out holding hands.

The ones with big pretty eyes.

The club footed boy, now an old man.

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She brought them into the world

and now they give her back.

They plant her with ginger and onions

under the sweet breath of sassafras.

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Her descendants will not sit

in sterile clinics, they will not

moan lonesome echoes

down cold, white halls.

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They know the midwife’s hands

shaped them in her image.

They know those hands

will always stir the earth,

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wrapping her people

in that soft cloth of ages,

strong and dark as blood.

Julie Buffaloe-Yoder

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Three of my poems are included in I Can’t Be Your Virgin And Your Mother.

You can read the poems by clicking HERE.

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This zine was the brainchild of Crystal Folz, editor of Shoots and Vines.

Crystal did a beautiful job of putting it all together.  It is an all-woman edition

and tells many different stories.  Crystal’s intention for doing the zine was

to showcase women in the small press world.  It is a celebration.  The poets

and writers in the issue are:

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Aleathia Drehmer,  Kristin Fouquet,  Wanda D. Campbell,

Constance Stadler, Katie Moore, Crystal Folz, Jessica Graustein,

Holly Day, Marie Gornell, and Misti Rainwater-Lites.

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I meant every word of the bio I included.  I am so happy to be among these

talented women.

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A limited number of print editions are available for purchase and are going

fast.  To request a print issue, email info@shootsandvines.com.  Print copies

are $3 each and limited to two per person. For more information, click

HERE.  Crystal has learned Chinese bookbinding techniques, and this edition

will be hand sewn.  I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

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Thanks for reading!

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I’m getting ready to tell this elsewhere, but I thought I’d crawl out of the mud and share it here first.  You all have been such a great encouragement to me, and I appreciate it very much.

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WARNING! ****Shameless Self Promotion****

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-I’m excited to have a chapbook coming out with Backpack Press.  I’m not sure of the date yet.  Crystal Folz is the editor.  She is also an excellent poet and writer.  Crystal is the editor of Shoots & Vines, which you can see HERE.

My chapbook will contain all new poetry, never before seen on the internet or in print.  It will have nothing to do with alligators (I think).  I just dig gators.

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-I will have three poems included in I Can’t Be Your Virgin and Your Mother, which is also edited by Crystal Folz.  It should be out by the end of May and is full of amazing women.  I’m thrilled to be in the same pages with them.  Click on the title and read Crystal’s very thoughtful description.  I love the spirit she intends in this journal.  And…is that a great title or what?

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-I’m also in Crystal’s, The Telling Time, which is due out by the end of June.  Crystal has been learning Chinese book binding techniques.  It is an honor to be presented by an editor with such high artistic standards.

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-Three of my poems will be in the next edition of Big Hammer.  I’m so excited about that!  Dave Roskos is an awesome poet and editor.  To order any issues, you can contact Dave at PO Box 54, Manasquan, NJ 08736.  I’m not sure of individual pricing, but I know it is affordable.  I will give more information soon.

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-Three of my poems will be in an all-woman project for Literary Mary.  Go, sistahs!  What a beautiful journal!  This will be an online edition, with many more to come.  I’m very happy to be included.  More info. soon.

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-Two more of my poems will be in the May issue of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.  Click the title and look at that totally cool picture of the mule and the little one.  All of the the April poetry and fiction is excellent.  April also includes one of my favorite North Carolina poets, Shelby Stephenson.   My poems will be out in May (next week, I think).  I’ll post the link here.  You know how I love the mule!

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-One of my poems will be in Plain Spoke this summer.  Fine folks.  Another beautiful journal.  I’m assuming it’s in the print edition, but I will let you know for sure.

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I was going to turn off comments, because I’m heading out for the weekend and won’t be around much to chat.  But I’m too dense (and in too much of a hurry) to figure out how.

So please don’t worry about commenting.  You need a couple of days to rest, too!

Thanks so much for all of your support.  It means the world to me.  Have a beautiful weekend, y’all.

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I’m very excited to be this weekend’s featured writer at Shoots and Vines.  Six of my poems will be posted on February 13, 14, and 15.  You’ll see good old Aunt Aggie and also a newer poem, Snake Handling.

While you’re there, please stick around to read all the excellent writing and see the artwork.  The editor is Crystal Folz, who is an amazing writer.  You can see her work (and everyone else’s) by pulling down the names on the contributors’ sidebar.  My friend, Scot Young, was the first feature writer.

At the risk of sounding like a gushing fan (again), I am so thrilled to have met a talented editor like Crystal.  Shoots and Vines is a beautiful site, and her concern for showcasing writers and poets is obvious.

The first print edition of Shoots and Vines is available at Penny Lane Coffee House in Evansville, Indiana.  When you’re on the Shoots and Vines site, check out the editor’s notes to learn more about publications and collaborations by Shoots and Vines writers.

If you happen to be in the Evansville area, stop by the Penny Lane Coffee House.  I’m adding them to the list of places I will go when I head back to the area for visits.  To hell with Starbucks!!

If you’re a poet or writer who’s struggling to get published in this crazy world, don’t give up hope.  There are very cool editors out there like Crystal Folz who truly care about writing and art.  And there’s some excellent work going on in the small press world.

What impresses me about the editors I have met in the small press world is that they are also writers, poets, and artists.  They are right there in the trenches with us.  They don’t lock themselves away in some lofty ivory tower.

The Shoots and Vines site has moved to a new location, but I changed that link here also.  Submission information is also on the site.  Why not give it a try?

Click HERE to check out Shoots and Vines.  Stick around and give the contributors some positive feedback.  Link them up and tell a friend.  The small press world depends on folks like us.

Thanks so much to Crystal for this exciting opportunity.  And thanks so much to everyone here who continues to encourage me.  Your support is most appreciated!

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