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Controlled Burn

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 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

Find out more about Stacy Fahrion here:
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Find out more about Daisy Press, a New York-based vocalist, here:
Find out more about Maddie Ashman, a London-based cellist, singer, and guitarist, here:

two new poems online


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:

  • Stone Gathering (Fall 2020 issue), published by Danielle Dufy Literary.
  • Thought for Food, an anthology of Colorado poets published by South Broadway Press. Purchase a copy here.
  • The Nature of the Mother, Amy’s 2019 chapbook. There are still a few copies left in the first print run, contact Amy at to purchase.

Thought for Food

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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.

Purchase on Lulu now for $18.

(Please note: if you have never purchased from Lulu before, you will be asked to confirm your address first.  Then you will be taken to the Thought for Food order page.)

New Work to Enjoy!

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!Write On, Colorado

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

Amy Wray Irish

Book CoverAvailable Now:

The Nature
of the Mother

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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 Wray Irish

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.