“What Did My Baby Daddy and I Do To Each Other In Past Lives?”

This poem is about very vulnerable subject matter which ultimately was easier for me to tackle in the form of a pantoum. Here’s what I said about the overall feeling/impulse behind this poem in Rattle: “I often make dumb decisions in this lifetime, and despite those ‘mistakes’ which cause me to transform—hopefully—into something better and brighter, I do not know if I could make it through any of this without reading and writing poems. Poetry provides (or perhaps the poet forces) access to a transformative space: revealing hidden layers and meaning to life, imbuing sorrow with magic, at least temporarily.”

Click here for a link to the poem, which includes audio of me reading it

 

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