Endless gratitude to the wonderful Eloisa Amezcua, one of my favorite people in the literary community and always a champion of others’ work, who was kind enough to include my poem, “A Quiver Of,” in this week’s edition of The Shallow Ends.
It’s an odd, unusual poem for me, that gave me permission to create a static form and then work within that form’s framework for effect and transitive meaning. It was a lot of fun to put together, and I’m so glad Eloisa has included it in a journal that so routinely features stunning work. Hope you enjoy it as well!
Thrilled to share a new poem of mine, “T-Rex Mask,” which has been published at one of my favorite online publications, Waxwing. Many thanks to Justin Bigos, Erin Stalcup, and Todd Kaneko for their support and for including me in their wonderful journal.
Waxwing is always packed with stunning writing, and looking at the table of contents–Michael Bazzett, Kelli Russell Agodon, sam sax, Patty Paine!–this one appears to be no different. Digging in in 3, 2, 1…
As some of you may know, my partner Catherine’s little guy Thad was born without a right hand. He has never let this define him, but of course challenges do present themselves throughout his life. One of them is that, although games are a big hobby of his (one that he and I share, and share together!), manipulating the controller can be difficult on the right side. Working the trigger, shoulder button, face buttons and right control stick with one hand is tricky to begin with, but without fingers it’s impossible.
Luckily, there is a nonprofit org out there called The AbleGamers Foundation, which helps people like Thad acquire tools and solutions that allow them to enjoy this past-time fully as they advocate for accessibility in games for all. They sent Thad an Elite controller for the Xbox One, which has paddles you can attach behind the left side to stand in for other buttons; now, he can use his other left-hand fingers naturally to stand in for the right trigger and bumper and not have to try and move the right stick with his chest while reaching for the right trigger, or any of the other awkward “solutions” he’s had to rely on.
Look at that happy guy! ❤
Catherine and I are extremely grateful to AbleGamers for doing this work, which may not seem like a lot to someone on the outside, but for Thad will make a world of difference. If you’re looking for a new charity to add to your donation list, give them a look. I know I’ll be keeping up with their work.