I’m happy to announce that my poems “Last Bar in Okinawa” and “Home from College” have been selected for publication in the 2017 issue of Two Thirds North. To read the online version, please click here.
“Last Bar in Okinawa” and “Home from College” is also be included in the 2017 print issue of Two Thirds North, available for purchase.
About “Last Bar in Okinawa”
A man, with pockets stuffed with stones to insure that he’ll sink when he steps into the water, stops at bar for his last drink while outside the ocean waits for him. This poem was inspired by a photo a friend had taken of a bar in Okinawa. I was reading about suicides in Japan at the time, and the idea for the poem came together quite spontaneously… and then months of edits followed.
I originally structured this as a long narrative poem. I built an entire life for the man to explain how he’d come to be in this bar; but through the revision process, I decided to discard the narrative and keep only the emotions. The months of trying to whittle this poem down to the essential truth led me to conclude that it no longer mattered to the man how he had arrived at this moment in his life, it only mattered that he was there and how he felt. [read poem, page 40]
About “Home from College”
This poem is about twin brothers, home from college, finding their old bedroom transformed into a gift-wrapping room. Perhaps it’s the newness of a familiar place, perhaps it’s because they’ve been apart and have missed the closeness they once shared, but events unfold with the older brother taking his twin’s virginity. The younger twin feels that he’s “made” into a man by this act and surrenders to the pleasure. [read poem, page 65]
About Two Thirds North
Two Thirds North is a high-quality, annual print magazine produced by the Master Class in Creative Writing and Editing at the Department of English, Stockholm University. Issues are $10 each. [visit website]