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“I would like to highlight the privilege it was for MORIA to feature six poems by Heidi Seaborn from her recently-published book, Give a Girl Chaos (see what she can do). Seaborn’s poems appear as six distinct markers throughout the issue, like suns that scatter light outward onto the surrounding ground. “ ~Alyssa Pieprzyca, Editor-in-Chief
I kept walking around with the line “A plane falls from the sky” and then the rest of the poem suddenly appeared and just as suddenly, it was published. My thoughts are with the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines flight. A reminder that life is fragile, time is precious and action and accountability are urgent and necessary.
Just a reminder that love can be easy, that we can fall in love with every day!
A cultural commentary…in the very hip @Drunk Monkeys
“L/anguish” is about my son Jack’s Crohn’s diagnosis. He was incredibly brave at the time and we all stepped up to match his tone. I wrote “Crash” after a family conversation where we each had a different memory of a car accident we had as children. It starts with my mother’s voice as the accident is happening, then we hear the voice of the man that drove his truck into us, then mine, my two sisters’, my brother’s and finally my mother comes in again with perspective.
“We fly into cold weather
wings of persimmon
I wrote “Get Out” in the fall of 2017 after Hurricane Harvey, Maria, the Mexico earthquakes, California and Washington fires. I had heard that birds were early warning systems, when I researched I learned how different varieties of bird respond to climate and weather danger. Sadly, this poem is as relevant today as it was a year ago and will be next year.
The bombs sent to high profile Trump critics and democrats reminded me of what it is like to live with a bomb threat. I quickly drafted this poem and was pleased that Poets Reading the News chose to publish it immediately.
Written during the Poets on the Coast retreat where the we were unleashed on the Museum of Northwest Art to write. I was inspired by the late Patty Detzer’s sculpture, Saint Lulu.
I have made so many mistakes, and yet in this poem “Small Act” I tell the story of a friend’s mistake—actually it was a kind gesture, gone awry. Oh the unintended consequences of our actions….
This was a difficult and important poem for me to write. I worked on it for a long time. I have since written a follow on series entited “Afterward”. Thank you to Adam Clay and MR for publishing it with care and honoring it as a finalist.
“In Praise of Pink” was written in minutes driving in my car for my daughter. “ESC.Option.Delete” was a revision project that I thought would never end. It finally did with this grief poem.