My poem “Now You See It Now You Don’t” on Verse Daily January 14, 2014.
“Even though the impetus for the poems may have originated in that real world memory kind of context, how they’re shaped is entirely not memoir… I would never want this book to be read as a kind of truth of what actually happened.” — Valerie, on whether Freak Show, with all it’s autobiographical components, is really “a poet’s memoir”
My sister hears voices. They call her godawful names. She also has visions, of Jesus in the tv. As a poet, using the same word we associate with madness to describe an essential quality, is, well, freaky.
“Narcissism and Shame,” my essay about writing FREAK SHOW that appeared on Jaded Ibis Productions:
I’ll be teaching a four-week poetry workshop in October 2013
“Poetic Calisthenics: Four ways to stretch what you now about writing poems”
Reading Monday, September 16, 2013 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ, 7PM.
Reading Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ, 7PM – 9PM.
Reading Friday, October 4, 2013 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.
Reading Tuesday, November 5 at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ, 2 PM, PVCC Library.
“Two Weeks” by Valerie Bandura, from Ploughshares Winter 2012-13, guest-edited by Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles.