Limp Wrist Limited Edition Chapbook


I am excited to announce that Limp Wrist is producing a limited edition chapbook, and it will be available in April 2009.

All proceeds from the chapbook will fund Limp Wrist‘s scholarship.

The Chapbook Roster
Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Dustin Brookshire
Kurt Brown
Denise Duhamel
Christopher Hennessy
Charles Jensen
Mary Chi-Whi Kim
Dana Guthrie Martin
Courtney Queeney
David Trinidad
Robert Walker

If you would like to reserve a copy, contact me via email dustinvbrookshire@gmail.com. The cost is $10 per chapbook– don’t forget, it goes for a great cause.

I will personally pay your shipping and handling fees if you reserve your copy before 2/1/09.

***UPDATE***
Karen Chase, Ellen Bass, and Dorianne Laux have all agreed to write a blurb for the chapbook.

LIMP WRIST & Tax-Deductible Donations— Now In The Same Sentence


HELLO Blogosphere:

Here’s your chance to support Limp Wrist, which I am proud to advertise as an e-zine with queer sensibility. At LW we have a number of goals to accomplish, and I consider the main goal to be to offer a scholarship to an LGBT high school senior via a poetry contest. However, we can’t offer a scholarship without your help!

Also, I am in the planning stages regarding a chapbook contest sponsored by LW. I am happy to say a distinguished poet has already agreed to be the judge the chapbook contest once we get to that stage. The contest will be open to homo’s and hetero’s. It is also a goal of mine to raise enough funds to be able to avoid an entry fee for the contest. If you’re in the poetry “business” you know contests can break the bank, and I’m not out to break anyone’s bank. I’m out to promote poetry and poets, and I will do everything I can to do so.

Click here to show LW a little financial love.

Please note: Limp Wrist is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Limp Wrist may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Don’t forget, Limp Wrist thanks you for your support whether it is financial, reading an issue, or telling a friend or two to browse our website.

hugs,
Dustin & the rest of the LW Crew

NARCISSUS ~ Cecilia Woloch

OK. I’m not usually one to say you must buy this or that; however, I have three items that I say are a must buy. I’ll share one of the three today, and you’ll have to read tomorrow to find out another.

The first item is Cecilia Woloch’s award-winning chapbook Narcissus. Four of the poems in Narcissus are published in Limp Wrist. I’m stoked that LW will receive a mention in Cecilia’s award-winning chapbook.

Cecilia is a beautiful person (inside and out) and a talented writer. I’ve participated in two workshops she’s lead, and I owe her huge credits for shaping one of my favorite poems that I’ve written– not to mention she turned me on to Kim Addonizio. I’ve heard her read numerous times, and she has never failed to amaze me. (Cecilia– I can’t wait to read your “vices poem” in print or in LW, if the Gods will smile on me!) I own all three of Cecilia’s full length books; each book makes me admire her intellect and craft in so many different ways.

She was gracious enough, even though she’s swamped, to participate in my WHY DO I WRITE series! !

So yes, you must buy Narcissus… click here!

Chapbook — Anorexia Witch

A few ages ago I started a series of poems titled Anorexia Witch. After I “completed” the series I put them aside, and it has been within the past year or so that I have started working with the poems again. I wanted to have a chapbook together last year, but it wasn’t meant to be– even though my cover work is beautiful and complete.

Anyway, here’s the first poem of the series:

Anorexia Witch 1

You enter wearing your black hat,
tip pointing to the sky,
never moves as you walk
or glide—always perfection.
Must be some talent.
You carry your cauldron,
handle over your wrist,
draped like curtain over a rod.
Your brew bubbles,
the air wafting
a delicious smell to my nostrils—
stirs a hunger in me,
well, almost.

You are rail thin,
your dress specially crafted
for a petite body.
I lust when I see the straps
of your heels criss-crossing
over your sharp ankles.

Bewitching. Intriguing. Bewitching.
I want you to bewitch me.

Let me have a taste
of what you carry.
Let me sip your perfection.
Whispering. Cackling. Whispering.
What is this spell you’re casting?
Have I heard your words before?
Be a witch like the world
has never seen, one of pure
bodily perfection.

Before you call to your broom,
I request,
Cast your spell on me.

Anorexia Witch

I am almost finished with revisions of my Anorexia Witch series. When I started my revisions I thought by this time I would have a chapbook in hand; however, that is not the case since I found myself distracted by life. I don’t feel too bad about my slacking since a friend of mine is still working on finishing the cover art. Once I’m finished with the poems I’ll ask Dr. G to review them as her opinion means the world to me.

Here’s the first poem in the series:

Anorexia Witch 1

You enter the room wearing your black hat,
tip pointing to the sky.
It never moves as you walk
or glide—always perfection.
You carry your cauldron,
handle over your wrist
draped like curtain over rod.
Your bubbling brew wafts
a delicious smell to my nostrils—
stirs a hunger in me,
well, almost.

You are rail thin,
your dress specially made
for a petite body.
I lust when I see the straps
of your heels criss-crossing
over your ankles.
Bewitching. Intriguing. Bewitching.

I want you to bewitch me.
Let me sip your brew,
taste your perfection.

Whispering. Cackling. Whispering.
What is this spell you’re casting?
Have I heard your words before?
Be who you are meant to be,
a witch of pure bodily perfection
ready to cast spells into the world.

Before you call to your broom,
I ask again,
cast your spell on me.