In the fall of last year, 2019, I was fortunate to be one of the writers included in the first issue of Variant Literature. This small literary review is moving towards its fourth issue now.
I had been working through my emotions dealing with the string of mass shootings occurring that year. In 2018 and 2019, it never felt like there wasn’t a shooting, a mass murder. There were protests and memorials and groups formed to take action to end gun violence.
Yet, guns still are inviolate.
I discovered my poetry of last year and into this year were constantly wrestling with the immorality of guns–owning them, allowing them to exist. So this became a gun violence poem, one of several. The poem ‘Pours Out of Me‘ takes its title from a song by the band Magazine, The Light Pours Out of Me.
The title also, I hope, suggests blood loss and wounding. It’s a short poem (only twenty lines) that I crafted to move narrowly and quickly. As you can see in the first sentence which I broke down into six lines:
If only you
with the same
You can read the entire piece online now over at Variant Literature. Also, you can download for free PDFs of past issues, but I would encourage you to buy the print copies to help the journal out.