Category Archives: Life

“You Once Felt Gigantic”, New Ohio Review, Fall 2019, recent audio recording

https://newohioreview.org/2019/11/18/you-once-felt-gigantic/

“Consoling The Whims Of The Tiniest, Whiniest Dictators”, highly-commended for the 2021 Welsh Poetry Competition

My tiny whiny dictating children and I would like to thank Kathy Miles for selecting this poem for 10th place — obviously in honor of the greatest soccer player in the world, Lionel Messi — in the Welsh Poetry Competition. Congrats to the winner Estelle Price for her wonderful
ekphrastic poem “iii”.

You can read Ms. Price’s poem and mine by clicking on this link:

Winners

“Babu Bangladesh!” by Numair Atif Choudhury

You should order this novel RIGHT NOW. It is BRILLIANT.

“Unwrapped”, from Fourteen Hills’ Zoom reading on May 28th, 2021

A huge thank you to Rachel Huefner and the rest of the editing team at Fourteen Hills (especially the poetry editors, Sen Ruiz and Trianne Harabedian) for a wonderful virtual reading last Friday for Issue 27, Summer 2021! The following is a link to my reading of “Unwrapped”, which can be heard from 33:22 to 35:30, and be sure to catch Olive Maurstad’s fantastic story “Last One” right after it 🙂

https://www.14hills.net/c131280e-3990-4a3f-8e83-a4b69f855beb

My “Positively Poetry Reading Series” performance for the Hoboken Public Library’s National Library Week!

Yes, here are those promised cows, daffodils, and the absence of Holocaust poems:

You can almost smell that I-78 highway extension through the thin gloss of YouTube.

And here’s a friendly guide to jump straight to your favorite poems:

00:00 Introduction

01:02 The origin of life

02:28 A small dot appears.  A genesis.  A thing out of nothing

05:45 Thanks a lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling

07.46 Departing from Sengen Jinja

10:00 Naming Things

11:46 Why My Kid Sobs at the Ice Cream Parlor

14:18 Not a Holocaust Poem

15:53 Cows & Daffodils

17:58 Lakawa a Stat on

20:05 A Single Swallow Doesn’t Signal Spring

20:39 Animal House

22:09 A poem written in my past life as a 15th century Georgian monk

23:32 From Out of the Darkness

26:47 Beacons of Light

28:02 Post 11

29:17 Epilogue

Check out the “Positively Poetry Reading Series” through the Hoboken Public Library!

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Hoboken Public Library is hosting the “Positively Poetry Reading Series” through its Facebook page. Hoboken’s reference librarian, Ethan Galvin, reached out to me and 8 other New Jerseyans who live and breathe poetry (and several cancer-causing chemicals), and he will be uploading our videos every Tuesday and Thursday of this month.

If you love backdrops featuring the I-78 extension, you’ll love my reading, which will be viewable anytime after 7pm on Tuesday April 20th. It’s got cows, daffodils, and definitely no Holocaust poems. Welcome to Spring!

https://www.facebook.com/events/hoboken-public-library/positively-poetry-reading-series-in-honor-of-national-poetry-month/516364116396180/

“Exit the Town Drunk”, finalist for The New Guard’s Knightville Poetry Contest

Many thanks to Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven for selecting my poem “Exit the Town Drunk” as a finalist in The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest 🙂 And special congratulations to the winner, Amy Tibbetts, for her poem “Smooth Rock Tripe”. You can read Amy’s poem and mine in the print edition of Volume X , which will be published early next year; here’s a link to the contest announcements page and information on how to pre-order Volume X:

https://www.newguardreview.com/tng-contests

“Combustible”, appearing online at “The Adriatic”

Check out my poem “Combustible” in the newest issue of The Adriatic, a wonderful poetry quarterly established last year in Great Britain. The following link will take you to Issue 3, themed “Mind & Body”:

https://www.theadriaticmag.co/copy-of-issue-two-home

And thank you again to The Adriatic‘s fantastic team of editors 🙂

“How to Raise a Young Child”, finalist for the 2020 Codhill Press Pauline Uchmanowicz Poetry Award

Many thanks to Codhill Press for selecting my manuscript as a finalist for the 2020 Codhill Press Pauline Uchmanowicz Poetry Award!  And congratulations to the winner, Barry Sternlieb, for his collection “Sole Impression”!  Please check out more regarding Mr. Sternlieb’s upcoming book and Codhill Press’s other publications by clicking the following:

“Dear Mom”, from Paterson Literary Review’s Zoom reading on March 6th, 2021

Thank you, Ms. Mazziotti Gillan and Ms. Desai, for organizing such a wonderful reading today for Issue #48! The following is a link to my reading of “Dear Mom”, which can be heard from 1:06:10 to 1:08:00, right after “Emptyness”, by the Ghanaian poet Geosi Gyasi, and right before “Second Hand Clothes”, by fellow New Jersey poet, Fred Iucci.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P48R-GDNQuU

“Thanks a Lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling” (which first appeared in “America”) wins the Telluride Institute’s 2020 Fischer Poetry Prize

It’s an extraordinary honor to have “Thanks a Lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling” selected as the winner of the 2020 Fischer Poetry Prize! A special thank you to judge Claire Blotter and the Talking Gourds crew for making my 2020 a little less horrible, and congrats to all the other finalists!

Link to my Poetry Chapbook “Secret Traits of Everyday Things”, on sale at Encircle Publications

https://encirclepub.com/product/secret-traits-of-everyday-things-by-jonathan-greenhause/