What a gift Ladan Osman has given us with her debut collection The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony. Ladan is both of and above this earth: her poems float above us as they make observations about the situations and life she lays out, as well as deal with the very tangible reality of living on this earth as a woman of color and immigrant. Her work is inquisitive, gently exploring the world around her. Her language is also full of play, teasing, joyful, blending both the divine and the secular.
This is a wonderful read, one that I would encourage all readers to explore.
Check out my poem Pluto Shits on The Universe published in POETRY Magazine. It is part of an incredible anthology I am a part of called The Break Beat Poets which everyone needs to check out. The poems in here are heart wrenching, alive, just so necessary, Its a great book to teach from, and I am sure you will be hearing from these writers for many years.
Also, I currently am part of a project with the Poetry Foundation Called Chicago 77, which if you are in Chicago you should make sure to check out!
Here are some poem-videos of me doing poems at the Poetry Foundation!
Check out this amazing journal called The Offing and my poem Super Orphan!
I have a new poem in The Paris-American called He Who Is Good With Swords! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Here is a poem of mine that was taken at NPS this year. Its in the voice of a serial killer, Gordon Northcott. I wrote it because it was a story that I didn’t understand, but one I couldn’t shake from myself. I wanted to write this poem to try and take a look at the darker side of humanity a bit more, to try and stare something I found fearful (but is ever present in our society) in the face.
Here is a new poem of mine, from the perspective of a Jellyfish, in Drunken Boat. Click here!
5 poems of mine were just accepted into Radius Magazine! The poems are called “Dry,” “An Ode to Granny Panties,” “An Ode to the Brazilian Wax,” “For Jonylah Watkins” and “Red.”
Please let me know what you think!