Long Swim, Short Poems


Hello again from Kathleen Kirk, Poetry Editor!  I told you I’d be back on alternating Wednesdays with various bits and pieces about poetry, including  good news about Escape Into Life poets! Here’s a follow-up to a previous announcement.

Sarah J. Sloat–that’s her, looking over her shoulder at something slightly alarming, about which she remains closemouthed–has a new chapbook out from dancing girl press.

It’s called Excuse me while I wring this long swim out of my hair. Long title, short poems.

That’s also an assignment I just gave to my poetry workshop based on these two poems from the book:

Excuse me while I wring this long swim out of my hair

I am of two minds
and have been loved by 300 lovers.
I have 1 million bookmarks
and where the hell
are they all now.

Do Tell

Last night my doubts puckered like peas
in a dream, overripe and plucked too late.

This morning in the kitchen, they’re fruitflies
multiplying like gunfire.
Only diligence will take them out.

Help me here.
How many mailboxes do you count lining the roadside?
And on whose head does the apple totter?

Try it yourself, poets! Write a very short poem with a very long title. And write a short poem that tells us your dreams but isn’t boring, long, or rambling!

Excuse me… is in many readers’ hands already, and you can get it here. As with her earlier chapbook, In the Voice of a Minor Saint (Tilt Press, 2009) and her EIL feature, the cover art is by Emmanuel Polanco.

And here’s one more, to get us ready for winter:

The Minimalist

Snowing again.
The whole world smoothed over.
Down the road I go in a black coat,
not a thought in my head.

Sarah J. Sloat is a reluctant non-smoker who reads a lot. A native of New Jersey, she has lived in Germany for many years, where she works for a news agency. Sarah’s poems have appeared in West Branch, Linebreak and Barn Owl Review. And, of course, here at Escape Into Life:

Poetry by Sarah J. Sloat