Days pass strangely of late. I move through the rooms of my house in all the normal ways â€” eat food, watch TV, work, read, or clean â€” and yet thereâ€™s an oddness in every peripheral.
Time passes â€” quick, quick, slow.
Nothing isÂ normalÂ â€” and itâ€™s hard to know how to feel when nothing is normal.
Iâ€™m delighted â€” of course Iâ€™m delighted. Though some small part of me wonders if, considering everything thatâ€™s going on in the world, all the stress and doubt and fear, whether I should be subdued in my excitement, more respectful of those who are struggling right now.
But hereâ€™s the thing, I think the world needs good news. It needs victories great and small. It needs celebration in whatever small spades that life can offer.
So, Iâ€™m thrilled and excited and overjoyed to announce that I have a chapbook coming out this year. The cover is beautiful with art byÂ Yana GermannÂ and the layout is stunning. In fact, when I first saw the combination of fonts and illustrations combined together with the words I wrote, it was so beautiful I started to cry. It feels like a â€œrealâ€ book. And Iâ€™m so grateful for the amazing work that Holly Lyn Walrath and her team has done to makeÂ TwelveÂ into the best possible book it can be.
Iâ€™m also overjoyed that folks whom I respect in the poetry community have also said lovely things aboutÂ Twelve.
â€œAndrea Blytheâ€™s collection of the retold (and often feminist) Brothers Grimm fairytale, â€˜The Twelve Dancing Princesses,â€™ is a breath of air at the bottom of the ocean. Itâ€™s not only fresh, but itâ€™s so different and unique that it deserves multiple reads. One of my favorite lines in the book is also something we should all ask ourselves, â€˜Do you mean it?â€™â€ â€” Joanna C. Valente, author ofÂ Marys of the SeaÂ and editor ofÂ A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault
â€œHearkening back to when Grimmsâ€™ tales were less fairy, more formidable, Andrea Blythe offers a rhythmic, alliterative retelling of traditional stories that reveal a stark imbalance between genders. An engaging and eerie tribute to the young girls and women who read, dance, and keep things clean, Twelve does exactly what her storyteller suggests of her characters: it â€˜see[s] the truth beneath the pretty surface.â€™â€ â€”Â Christina M. Rau, author of the Elgin Award winningÂ Liberating The Astronauts
TwelveÂ will be published on September 7th. Pre-orders forÂ TwelveÂ will open up around June.
For those interested in receiving a digital review copy ofÂ TwelveÂ for review, the chapbook is now available atÂ Net Galley.
I have no idea what the world is going to looks like a year from now, a month, a week, tomorrow â€” but I do know this: I have a collection poetry forthcoming. Itâ€™s a collection Iâ€™m proud of, and Iâ€™m elated to be able to share it with the world.
Do you have any victories to share? Any good news big or small? I would love to hear about it and join you in the celebration.
More Good Stuff
New episodes are up at theÂ New Books in PoetryÂ podcast. Despite a number of technical difficulties, I had a delightfulÂ conversation with Octavia CadeÂ about her book,Â Mary Shelley Makes a MonsterÂ (Aqueduct Press, 2019).
My co-host Athena Dixon also released a new episode, in which sheÂ speaks with Sarah AdlemanÂ about her bookÂ The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother EchoesÂ (Tolsun Books, 2019).
People areÂ recreating famous paintings, and its impressive and stunning.
Artist Ellen Jewett creates aÂ Menagerie of Animals Covered in Surreal Landscapes of Flora and Fauna.