‘Astraea’ in Moonchild Magazine

 

The last poem I had published was ‘Network’ in Philosophical Idiot. I’m fortunate this month to have a longer poem appear in Moonchild Magazine called ‘Astraea.’

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This poem was written as a kind of experiment. I’m not as experienced or deep into astrology as others but I’ve been finding it to be a fun way to riff on the thoughts and feelings going through my mind. Depression hit hard after the 2016 election. During the 45th President’s first 100 days I found that doing my version of a tarot drawing was helping me process things. Over the course of pursuing the exercise I began to craft my thoughts into pieces more akin to a prose poem. The result is ‘Astraea,’ the name taken from the goddess of justice and innocence and perhaps a model for the astrological sign Virgo (of which, I am).

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This poem is a departure for me from the kind of poetry I usually write (surly lyrics of internal mindfulness rather than anything beautiful or genuinely metaphoric). I rather like it and think it holds up well even if it is written in direct response to events happening at the time.

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Moonchild Magazine‘s 5th issue is stellar, and I’m fortunate to be in the company of much superior writing.

 

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