Vermont Studio Center Fellowship!

So much to update on! It’s been almost a year since I’ve written in this blog, and that’s just silly. Be looking for more from me in the next few weeks as I update and keep up with this dagnabbed thing! Mainly, I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as this year’s winner of the UMass Amherst Alumni Fellowship in Poetry at the Vermont Studio Center, and that means that I’m going to be spending THANKSGIVING in VERMONT at a residency I never thought I’d be able to attend. I can still hardly believe it. I keep dreaming I’m there right now. In the meantime, I’m doing a...

Summer SOLDIER ON News

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This summer has been so good for SOLDIER ON, and here I am, breaking my daily drive of reading for my comprehensive exams, letting you know all about it! Reviews: Dalton Day @ Probably Crying Review Carleen Tibbetts @ American Microreviews and Interviews Dara Cerv @ Sink Review Elms College Reading, March 2015 in Western MA: Thanks to Dan Chelotti and Elms College, I read at the Blue House Presents: Poetry Series 2014-2015 with Andrew Morgan and Luke Bloomfield (where the students did the introductions, and mine made me cry!), and then joined Dan’s class for a workshop the very next day. We talked about self-mythology, parataxis, and a little bit...

Soldier On at SPD!

Hi all, great news! You can now buy SOLDIER ON at Small Press Distribution. http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9781936797554/soldier-on.aspx?rf=1 It’s been kind of a frazzled last few weeks, but here are some updates: 1) I’ll be reading at Elms College in Easthampton, MA on March 24. I’m so excited to be back in Western Mass, if just for a bit! Now, I just want everyone to know that this is the same night as the Fleetwood Mac concert in Atlanta. There are few things I would miss a Fleetwood Mac concert for, and I am so excited that it’s for this reading! Thanks so much to Dan Chelotti for setting this up, and for being a lovely friend...

Where to Buy Soldier On!

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Dear friends, loved ones, Soldiers, etc.: As of the beginning of January, my book SOLDIER ON is now out via Tupelo Press! I’m so excited; it looks beautiful, and I’m so grateful to everyone at Tupelo Press for all the hard work they put into it! There are a few ways you can buy the book: 1) The Tupelo Website! https://www.tupelopress.org/books/soldier_on 2) Amazon! It’s on PRIME! BIG TIME! Amazon–SOLDIER ON 3) It’s not technically out on SPD Books yet, but here’s the link for that too! Spdbooks.org Fascinated by what emerges from unlikely sources when absorbed into memory, Gale Marie Thompson’s poems delight in what remains: John Wayne, Bewitched, turnip fields, camellias...

a la Caroline

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Notes for Monday, October 6 –after days of wandering around without sleeping I finally slept last night –the kale and white bean (great northern beans!) soup I made yesterday is going to become staple –wore pink tights to ballet tonight for the first time, didn’t super freak out re: body, felt more “professional” –red spider lily showing up in front of my house with its long lashes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycoris_radiata) –brought instant coffee to campus –conferencing with students this week, always reinvigorates love for teaching –thought I lost wallet, when really I just had it hidden for safekeeping –revising manuscript (expeditions) yet again –leg injury and PT bumming me out, i leave...

Dumb, the Importance of Forgetting, and Comps

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I am all about remembering. For anyone who knows me, this comes as no surprise. As it turns out, though, I’m really more just someone who’s deathly afraid of forgetting. I feel like all I am is forgetting. When of course forgetting is healthy, is necessary to make things abstract, to learn from them, to glean any information. But what if I forget everything? During my visit home last weekend I flipped through old pictures and came across a card my Mamama gave to me on my nineteenth birthday. I read her handwriting: “Dear Gale—Have a great birthday—your last year in the “teens.” I’m feeling a little better—take care—Mammama” (she...

Writing Blog Tour, Where Helen Shows Up

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My lovely friend and amazing poet Kate Litterer has tagged me to continue the Writing Blog Tour, so here’s a little bit of me talking about my current project/maelstrom, Helen or My Hunger. What am I working on? Right now I’m in the thick of a project called Helen or My Hunger, or, because I get nervous about the title, sometimes just called “the Helen poems.” I actually started writing Helen as a final creative project for my Adrienne Rich seminar here at UGA—I was trying to explore her use of the serial poem, while at the same time moving through issues of the female body/’s experience, trauma, memory, language of memory, being...

Pattern Language

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Now that I’ve moved my domain from my Tumblr page to a WordPress page, I get the feeling I should be acting much more professional. Professional, I suppose, means lack of overflowing Tumblr posts on Fleetwood Mac,  X-Files, or Bruce Springsteen, random pictures of Scully or Captain Janeway, body-positive & feminist celebrations and the long version of the Barefoot Contessa theme song. Cry away at these losses, except, odds are, they’ll just show up here too. I’ve been meaning to write more prose. It’s gotta happen. For comps (I’m taking my comprehensive exams at UGA in the spring, hopefully), for a job, for my own freaking sanity, etc. I’ve got...