After enjoying two days listening to some of the best poetry NYC has to offer at the NYC Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island, I was thrilled to learn that my own poem about climate change, “Zoetrope Sky” has been published today in First Literary Review-East! I was just talking with someone today about the reality that nature will have the last word against those who deny the very real threat of climate change. I hope you enjoy reading my poem and will share it far and wide!
Peace and inspiration always,
I hope you are experiencing inspiration and peace in your life and creativity.
I just wanted to spread the word about a couple of my upcoming literary events.
I’ll be featuring at the Dire Reader series in Boston on Saturday, July 7th at 3pm at the Middle East. I’ll be reading some of my newly published poetry, short fiction and perhaps an excerpt from my feminist legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial. I should also have copies of The Boulevard Trial for sale and would be psyched to sign yours after the reading. So if you’re in Boston on July 7th, show some love for the readers and come say hola, hallo, ciao, you get the idea, at the Dire series. I’d love to see you.
I hope you’ll join us on June 22nd to hear members of my SU-CASA 2018 Senior Poetry Workshop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn reading their original work. The senior poets have inspired me and working with them has been such a joy and privilege over the past six months. Special guest featured poet Jerry T. Johnson will return to read selections of his haiku and free verse poetry. Check out Jerry’s book of brilliant haiku and photos, Morning to Morning, now available in paperback in addition to the Kindle edition. Click here for the FB event page with full info for the June 22nd reading.
Below is a photo of poet Jerry T. Johnson and me from the April reading, which absolutely rocked!
Sending much peace and inspiration always,
L’Ephemere Review’s Dalliance issue has just been released this evening! Check out my poem about self love and discovery, “Cherimoya Heart“, in this tastefully sumptuous issue! Gratitude and congratulations to the editors and my fellow contributors!
It’s been a productive, inspirational March so far. I was thrilled to see two of my poems, “The Day of Dreams, January 15, 2018” and “Moon Tanka” published last week on A Gathering of the Tribes, the website of the incomparable and beloved poet and activist Steve Cannon. The first poem is an exploration of Dolores O’Riordan’s death on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and what these two historical individuals meant to our collective psyche and the current state of the world. The second poem is a reflection on workday recovery.
Congratulations again to Steve Cannon, who will be receiving the 2018 Writers for Writers award from Poets & Writers! Steve’s fellow award recipients include novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Richard Russo, and editor Rebecca Saletan. Check out this NY Times article about Steve and his friendship with artist David Hammons.
Stay tuned for my poem, “Cherimoya Heart”, which will be published in L’Éphémère Review‘s upcoming Dalliance issue! In the meantime, here’s a visual of the source of my inspiration for my sensual poem about self-discovery and love. May everything that ignites your senses out there inspire you to create something today and always!
Peace and inspiration,
Pain and Flowers
My Tribute to Dolores O’Riordan
Her name was full of pain,
until the end, like the union
of dolor and flores
pain and flowers in a single voice, hers
was the one that filled my ears
in the cold cobalt mornings waiting for the train
as the frost clouds whirled to totems
that watched over me in the still young dark
moments before I was carried
toward a shifting future of tunnels and buildings erected
into perpetuity while riding backwards along the tracks,
her voice the call of all
that infinite rush between my ears and my veins, attached mysteriously
as I was to her familiar cry from the core of the woman
I would be and was and would never reach soon enough
to thank her for being the sound
of my longing and being
pain and flowers, for being the breath
inside the breath forever
S. Laterza 1/15/18
Happy New Year 2018, Everyone!
I start this new year filled with hope for peace, love and inspiration as we move forward in our lives and work. May 2018 be more merciful than last year and may we find the courage to overcome all obstacles in our creative paths.
I awoke with the amazing news that two of my poems, “The Tears of Magdalene” and “Eros”, have been published in Ovunque Siamo. As a proud ItaLatina writer, I am honored to have my work featured in this journal that celebrates the work of Italian-American writers. “Ovunque Siamo” means, “We are everywhere.” May this year continue to bring forth many more opportunities to share our work with the world in a spirit of joy and creativity!
Sending much love always,