Q&A with Poet Stephanie L. Harper (Part 2)

Thank you, Sir Robert, for your generosity and insightfulness in this interview, and for everything you do in general to promote a sense of authentic connectedness that’s so vital to poetry and Poetkind!

O at the Edges

I’m pleased to present part 2 of the Q&A with poet Stephanie L. Harper:

If you were a poetic form, which would you be?

I would be a poetic form that could seep down into darkness, molecule by molecule, through miles of porous rock, to return to the wellspring, then rise again to the surface, and wash over the grief-stricken with the all immensity of love and joy in my depths. I’m pretty sure that would make me an elegy.

What themes or traits will readers find in your work? What will they not find?

My work is chock full of mythological creatures, archetypal symbolism, and nature imagery (i.e., birds, seascapes, wolves, forests, volcanoes). It touches often on spirituality (and/or religiosity), sometimes alludes to current events (and associated dismay), and has an overall feminist and philosophical bent. My love for and awe of my children shows up a lot, too…

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My Day 17 Poem for the May 30/30 Challenge is up at Tupelo Press!

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Things I Cannot Say 

With reverence for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and with special thanks to Robert Okaji for supplying the title that breathed life into this poem 

Even when you are a one-year-old jumping out of your crib
(you have no reason for having jumped, but once it’s done,
and the thud you’ve made that was loud but didn’t hurt…

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My Day 15 Poem for the May 30/30 Challenge is up at Tupelo Press!

chimera

Chimera

What cause did I provision for my own death
to be ordered & carried out?  Which of my features

amounted to monstrosity?     My prescience to forewarn your
Lycian forebears of cataclysmic storms & volcanic eruptions? (…)

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I’ve managed to scrape to the half-way point, and would still be ever so grateful for your generous HELP!

My Day 10 Poem for the May 30/30 Challenge is up at Tupelo Press

can-of-worms

Ars Wormetica

  

Sure, I’d had a worm’s eye view of what I’d be asking
for by opening that can, but it wasn’t enough to keep me
from taking it in the grip of my one hand, & sinking
the opener’s tiny, circular saw into the tin-lined-steel lid
with the stubborn squeeze of my other…

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Make me an offer I can’t refuse here!

 

 

My Day 8 Poem for the May 30/30 Challenge is up at Tupelo Press

Dross

Dross

 

When the glacial lake outburst flood first scored

her watershed dawn into the earth’s bones

she was meant to be…

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Learn More about my participation in Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project here:

 

These 30/30 poems (one per day for 30 days in a row!) must necessarily be composed and published at quite a frenetic pace, especially for “perfectionistic” (which is a far cry from perfect…) me. I’m revealing some pretty raw stuff, and I deeply appreciate the support of everyone reading along! Thank you so much!