I am excited to present the cover of my forthcoming chapbook, Breathing Fire! Design work is by David Martin of Middle Creek Publishing; original art is by the fantastic Madeleine Dodge. Check out Madeleine’s new work at Space Gallery in the show “Variants of Blue.”
I should have a release date soon…Stay Tuned!
Irish’s poems burn and singe as she attempts to reinvent a way to navigate in a dangerous world. –Kathleen Willard, author of Cirque & Sky and Incendiary Season
Moth’s thrumming orbit—
this hummingbird of evening
pollinates the dark
I am honored that the Illinois State Poetry Society has celebrated this poem in its Traditional Haiku competition, and I offer many thanks to this group from my home state. I must admit, I miss the vibrant writing scene and the fantastic writers of Illinois, but not the long winters!
I am also happy to announce that I have poetry forthcoming in the following publications:
Spit Poet Zine, an independent voice in Colorado publishing. Past issues of the print publication are available digitally online.
MiddleCreek Publishing, in their anthology titled The Mountain. MiddleCreek recently published the poetry chapbooks Hush by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and Cirque and Sky by Kathleen Willard, which I highly recommend.
I am thrilled to be able to share a haunting composition by the incredible Stacy Fahrion (Colorado’s own Whimsically Macabre). Written to accompany my poem Controlled Burn, the song also features talented musicians Maddie Ashman and Daisy Press. I am so grateful to be the inspiration for this work!
Click Here to listen — and prepare to be spellbound.
When you’re done, please check out Whimsically Macabre’s other work on bandcamp.com and dive into a “fantastically offbeat world” (which is a familiar, everyday skin for some of us).
Controlled Burn from “The Nature of the Mother”
When advised to torch My life’s dry brush I never thought to find this— Me up to my knees in the dead.
Acres of decay, and quick to kindle. I embrace the flames, drive away Everything that could never be. Thirsty for the fire. Hungry to let go.
So I burn the dead and any left alive. Burn wild morning glory, flowers Tangling and strangling me. Burn the pennyroyal, Mint-sweet poison, jealously uprooting all others.
Burn it all. The smoke will pass Soon, I’m told. The ash will settle. I’ll be able to grow something better In stronger soil. And so I wait.
But until this desolation clears, With every breath I breathe in every mistake I made And choke.
Composed by Stacy Fahrion in July 2020 for the Arts Letters & Numbers Creative Music Online program.
Daisy Press, improvised voice Maddie Ashman, cello Stacy Fahrion, piano
Opening on October 16th, the art show (Un)Settled will include 51 art pieces and 21 poems — including two by Amy Wray Irish. If you are unable to travel to Windsor, CO to see the exhibit in person, you can view it online here until Dec. 19. Amy is excited to have her poems “What I Learned at School” and “The Horse Trainer” included in this provocative collaboration between poetry and art.
Amy’s work is also currently available in the following publications:
This anthology of Colorado poets— Thought for Food— is now available to the public. Published by South Broadway Press, proceeds from sales will be donated to the Denver Food Rescue. This non-profit collects food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes to those in need.
In addition to my own work, you will find contributions by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Judyth Hill, Jovan Mays, Mallory McHenry Jr., and Agnes Vojta.
In addition to her chapbook The Nature of the Mother, you can now read “What To Do During Lockdown” at The Colorado Sun as part of their “Write, On Colorado” series. Amy is thrilled to be included!
What are we supposed to do with all this extra time at home? According to one list of 100 recommendations, we should all learn a language. Consider some unusual languages with “What To Do During Lockdown.”
This fall, Amy’s work will also be included in:
Stone Gathering, published by Danielle Dufy Literary. These “portable, affordable, collectible” journals come by mail 5 times a year, and are modestly priced — $10.95 for single issues, $42 for a 1-year subscription, and $80 for a 2-year subscription.
Quiet Diamonds 2020, published by Orchard Street Press. The press has “a reputation for presenting books that are both intellectually-emotionally engaging and aesthetically appealing.”
Waving Hands Review, published out of Colorado Northwestern Community College. Read past issues here
$12 +$4 s/h (via PayPal or Venmo)
To order a copy email: lunablue_girl at msn.com
Originally from Oak Park, IL (home to both Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway) Amy Wray Irish grew up immersed in Chicago’s diverse arts scene. She earned her BA in English from the University of Iowa and her MFA in Creative Writing from Notre Dame University. After moving to Colorado, she joined Lighthouse Writers and (more recently) the Columbine Poets.
Amy has been published both online and in print journals. Her first book, Creation Stories, is available to peruse and purchase on Amazon. Her second book, The Nature of the Mother, was released in late 2019 by Turkey Buzzard Press. Click the links above to find out more and read samples of her work.