Community No. 41

LA FELLEMAN

LA Felleman is currently an accountant at the University of Iowa. Before that, she was a seminary professor. Prior to that, she was a pastor. She moved to Iowa City with her husband in 2016 and started writing poetry soon afterward. In order to learn this new craft, LA attends the Free Generative Writing Workshops and participates in local poetry readings.

Title: Paradox
First Line(s):

I pray from my diaphragm.

Adoration travels up
Through my body

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Journal: Amethyst Review

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Title: Sand-Caked Snow
First Line(s):

Plow-built piles line spring-break emptied streets

Everyone who could has vacated

I am pretending to walk a beach

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: July 29, 2019
Journal: Northwest Indiana Literary Journal

 


MATTHEW E. HENRY

MEH is Matthew E. Henry, a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated poet and short story writer. Not to be confused with the long-dead, white theologian for whom he was named. His first collection of poetry— Teaching While Black—is forthcoming from Main Street Rag.

Title: when asked what i learned in elementary school being bussed from Mattapan to Wellesley
First Line(s):

what they think is appropriate: to treat Black hair
like a pregnant woman’s belly, question if
larger nostrils enhance breathing, probe my legs
for extra calf muscles under skin our teacher said
doesn’t bruise because she can’t see the blood-
screams beneath. i learned to tolerate

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: February 24, 2019
Journal: The Radical Teacher

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Title: the surprising thing
First Line(s):

the frumpy lies of well-intentioned white women— bosoms heaving, eyes liquid with Reaganomics, Willie Horton and how they imagined my parents (a crack whore mother, an imprisoned father)— and their messianic attempts to save me
from my stable home. i learned to master

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: February 24, 2019
Journal: The Radical Teacher

 


NATE MAXSON

Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. The author of several collections of poetry, he lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Title: Flight Response
First Line(s):

The way a deer will walk facing the wind to catch the scent of predators
The augury of wrens and a French word for fire
Sinistre

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: August 29, 2019
Journal: The Broadkill Review

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Title: Emily/Litany
First Line(s):

When I was a child I thought that the flowers called Black Eyed Susans were Black Eyed Bruises
As in “I don’t like the way Black Eyed Bruises smell”

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: December 24, 2017
Journal: Soul-Lit a journal of spiritual poetry

 

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