Last night, I attended a wine tasting and poetry reading hosted by my book group at a local independent bookstore.
We sipped wine and ate chocolate and gabbed. I shared a poem called “Boomerang Valentine” by spoken word poet Andrea Gibson and a poem I wrote that was just published in a collection of gender-neutral love poems.
In between wines, I boasted about some pieces I’ve written that will be published later this year.
“I’m living the life,” I joked.
And then I wondered, what if I am living the life? What if this is it?
My stomach did a little flip like Charlotte Flair performing a moonsault. Woo!
I looked around at our group of 20 women who had come out to drink wine and listen to readings about love on a freezing February night.
Wine. Women. Words.
Living the life.
If you haven’t picked up Andrea Gibson’s new book, Lord of the Butterflies, I urge you to do so. Gift it to yourself or a loved one. Gibson is a spoken word poet who writes about gender, love and growing up liking only the boys they wanted to be. Their words will break your heart and repair it so it beats truer than it did before.
If you want more poetry, try Put Into Words, My Love by Pomme Journal. This petite book, which is about the size of a brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tart, contains 57 gender-neutral musings on love, including my poem, “things that glow.” The accompanying line illustrations will make you smile. It’s the perfect I Love You gift for everyone on your list.
Who are your favorite poets? What are you reading these days? It’s been awhile. Let’s catch up.