Outsider by Risa Denenberg (Where I Live Poetry & Photography Series)

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

by Risa Denenberg

I live in a small town of recovered alcoholics
who go to weeknight meetings to drink coffee
and gossip: who versus who, where, how often,
when. These good people also go to church
on Sundays to hear sermons drawn from within
the town’s close-cropped borders and offer prayers
to heal sins they will later talk about over pork
ciabatta at the Longhouse.

I’m the oddball: vegetarian lesbian poet
who celebrates Pesach to their Easter, rents instead
of owns, has never married, chooses to live alone.

Last week I bought a push mower and huffed
around my yard cutting the tall grass and elfin
pink and violet florets down to nubbins. I did
this to ward off chatter among my friendly neighbors
over my overgrown habits, although I know they think
it’s strange to not eat meat and refuse to waste
gasoline on this endeavor. If I…

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30/30 Project

30/30 Project   I am one of 9 poets writing a poem-a-day in July for Tupelo Press. And you, my friends, are my beloved sponsors. I love Tupelo Press for it’s amazingly gorgeous books of poetry and the generosity of … Continue reading

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My Happy Chappie!

My Happy Chappie!.

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Poem at Lavender Review … and

This is a lovely journal with lesbian sensibility.


and here is one at the New Verse News, a site with a political bent.  See 12/03 for my poem …



And, Harlow’s Monkeys, at YB


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Poem up at Mudlark

My poem, Eating the Seed Corn, is up on Mudlark, an electronic journal that has been publishing poems on-line since 1995, and was an early exemplar for internet poetry. I’m delighted to be on Bill Slaughter’s site again, a decade after he published  The Conversion of Saint Jon, my poem series about my friend, Jon Greenberg, who died of complications of HIV in 1993. It’s really a thrill to see these two poems featured on this site; Eating the Seed Corn felt like a sequel to the Jon poems. It is also in tribute to Ben Lerner‘s book,Mean Free Path, published in 2010, which I totally fell in love with, so much so that I consciously tried to capture his style in my work. Seed Corn is a very long poem, a memoir, and dear to my soul. I hope you will read it.

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More poems!

Two poems at a brand new Journal, Ithaca Lit.

And a poem at This Literary Magazine.

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Poems at Scythe

I have three poems up at Scythe, and am thrilled to be in the good company of Jee Leong Koh, Rose Hunter, and other wonderful poets. The issue is visually lovely. Take a look!

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