Thursday, 19 December 2013

POET OF THE MONTH #12: Clementine von Radics


[2 Untitled Poems]

I stopped going to therapy
because I knew my therapist was right
and I wanted to keep being wrong.
I wanted to keep my bad habits
like charms on a bracelet.
I did not want to be brave.
I think I like my brain best
in a bar fight with my heart.
I think I like myself a little broken.
I’m ok if that makes me less loved.
I like poetry better than therapy anyway.
The poems never judge me
for healing wrong.

                                                                                                                  Published online 21/6/2013
© 2013 by clementinevonradics


Because this is the only way to change.
To want. To ask.
To be an unlocked house
in a neighborhood of robbers.
Palms open, Arms extended. Voice unshaking.
Broadening yourself like a target to say
"Aim. Shoot. I am ready.
I invite hope in
I know failure may follow."

Published online 26/8/2013
© 2013 by clementinevonradics


The Poet:  The following biographical statement appears on the poet's Tumblr blog.  [It is re-posted here for recommendation purposes only and, like the poems, remains its author's exclusive copyright-protected intellectual property.]

Clementine von Radics likes reading palms and getting friendship tattoos. She drinks a lot of cheap red wine and all the women in her family are beautiful. She is the author of As Often As Miracles and a founder and collective member of Where Are You Press. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

A second volume of her poetry, titled Home, was published by the Where Are You Press on 14 December 2013.  Like As Often As Miracles, it can also be purchased direct from her website.  

Please take a few minutes to visit her blog and read some more of her truly remarkable work.  I guarantee you won't be disappointed

Click HERE to visit the Tumblr blog of poet and spoken word performance artist CLEMENTINE VON RADICS.

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