Saturday, May 9, 2020

After and Sometimes . a poem from Stonewalls' Legacy Anthology


art: Ashley deLeon Nicole*

After and Sometimes

Relive those parties where every bottle was uncorked and
passed around and everyone smoked everything, double-
checked each auto’s glove box for at least a Sherman or 
a roach. And you left with exactly the wrong woman who 
was exactly the right one, if only for less than twelve hours. 
And not everyone was anything, not white, employed,
focused. And all had self-righteous halos of wild hair 
imperfect as a precisely imprecise stitch in a Persian rug.
You had fun. We all did. It had become more possible.

Sarah Sarai. Stonewalls Legacy: A Poetry Anthology. Hidden Gems Press., Ed. Rusty Rose & Marc Rosen. 2019.
*Ashley DeLeon Nicole
Art: https://www.thespruce.com/free-birthday-party-games-1356524


Friday, March 6, 2020

This Blog Is in Trouble #poetry


This blog IS in trouble. Whole tabs have become inaccessible, one being "Poetry" in journals and anthologies. As a stopgap, here is a list:

Poems: Online and in Print 

  • Extradition” in What Rough Beast - Covid 19 Edition, 2020
  • “The Great Mute Who Is Almighty” & “The Shiny You Have Missed” Unbroken Journal, 2019
  • “Do Not Take This Medication” First Literary-East, 2019
  • “The Pink Yonder” “Peril #52 of Having a Mother” “After and  Sometimes” Stonewall’s Legacy (eds. Marc Rosen and Rita “Rusty” Rose; Local Gems Press), 2019
  • “My Understanding of the Middle Ages” “It Is the Body that Gives Us Away” “Still Not, No No” in Otoliths 53, southern autumn 2019
  • “In Tragedy Let There Be the Economy” in Quiddity 2019
  • “After the Greeks Tippy-Toed Out of a Horse” in SWWIM, 2019
  • “My Father Sleeps Rough in His Dreams” and “Complexities Run Interference” in Gone Lawn 32, 2019
  • “Souls in the Penalty of Flesh” in Ethel, 2019
  • “Hotting the Spoon” in LIVE!2019
  • “This Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity” and “Please Don't Think I'm Being Disrespectful” in Prelude (print), 2018
  • “Not Simple is Joy Nor Cosmology” in Like a Fat Gold Watch: Meditations on Sylvia Plath (ed. Christine Hamm), a 2017 anthology which can be purchased HERE
  • 2.” “Science and Change” “By Any” “Six Aunts Wobbling” “And the Ships Set Off” in Vending Machine Press, Fall 2017
  • “On the Shelving Cart” and “Hatred Is a Death Threat” in Sinister Wisdom, The Lesbian Body issue, Fall 2017
  • “Wish Me Luck” in Prelude. 2017
  • “The Short Lapse of It” and “Let's See if I Have This Right” in Barrow Street, Fall/Winter 2016
  • Anyway” in Painted Bride Quarterly, Spring 2016

  • “Grief Is a Crouton” in Before Passing (great weather for MEDIA's 2015 anthology - print)
  • Further Arguments.” First published in Minnesota Review Spring 2007, republished in Thank You for Swallowing, on Bastille Day, 2015 
  • Practical“ in HIV Here and Now, June 2015
  • Salvation” Ping-Pong Journal (Henry Miller Memorial Library), 2013
  • “The Common Ancestor, Chrysanthemum Edition” Boog City, 2013
  • Go Figure“ Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, 10.1.2012
  • “Marilyn Hacker” “Faith & Practice” “Sneaking Around the Multiplex.” West Wind Review, 2012 
  • Long Ago” 200 New Mexico Poems. 2012 
  • “A Territory of the Miracle,” “We're always in a room.” and “A Bullish Run Into Chambers” in Fringe, March 2011 
  • “Black People Are on My Mind These Days” Mary: A Literary Quarterly. Spring/Summer 2011
  • “In Denzel Washington's Gaze” “The Blood of Billy Bob Thornton” Sprung Formal (Kansas City Art Institute) 2010 or 2011
  • Like Wings“ Redheaded Stepchild (nominated for a Pushcart & a Best of the Web) 2010
  • “It Was Like You Walked into a Tavern in the Great Northwest” Big City Lit. 2008
  • “Something's Falling” Threepenny Review 2008
  • “Ask Your Questions Only When the Bus Stops. Drivers Need to Concentrate on the Road.” and “All Along Our Way” Pank #2, 2008
  • “Further Arguments” Minnesota Review Spring 2007
  • “Aristotle” Tipton Poetry Journal 2007
  • “Emily Dickinson Is Jewish” Fine Madness 1998
  • “First Appearance of the Angel Evelyn” ZYZZYVA, 1995
One Off
“Emily Dickinson Is Jewish” was first published in 1998 in Fine Madness. In 2009 the poem was presented at the conference “Witnessing Responses: A New Generation's Perspectives on the Holocaust,” at Károli Gáspár University, Budapest. Read a version of Ester Rizmar's paper
  • “Not Simple Is Joy nor Cosmology” Like a Fat Gold Watch, an anthology of work responding to Sylvia Plath (ed. Christine Hamm; FGW Press), 2017.
  • Beyond Reach“ in Transition: Poems in the Aftermath, an anthology forthcoming from Indolent Books, 2017.
  • “Pasted and Cut.” Maintenant 6. New York. 2011
  • “Brittle of Bark, but Lovely.” you say. say. Uphook Press. New York, NY. 2009


Thursday, February 13, 2020

poems that dance on a faultline... @Mistress_Tweet on That Strapless Bra in Heaven ...Mary Meriam-reviews #poems


The most esteemed and lovely Mary Meriam, editor and founder of 
Lavender literary journal, and founder/publisher at Headmistress Press, 
kindly posted this review of my new collection,
Thank you, Mary, although I'm really not erudite. I simply remember
books I read in college. 
 Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020


 Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
 Sarah Sarai throws her balls of erudition in the air and juggles them into poems
 that dance on a faultline between frolic and rage. What does
 “that strapless bra in heaven” represent? It’s a subversive, underwire, 
 feminist image: breasts free of straps, comfortably supported, 
 floating like angels. It’s also a lesbian image: a symbol of 
 pink and lacy bliss. “Who wouldn’t want to spend millennia 
 / in a fine female breast?” Sarai asks queer questions and 
 answers them in a dazzling milieu of her own creation. 
 No one writes like Sarah Sarai.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Like That Strapless Bra! @ https://www.facebook.com/thatstraplessbra/ #poems #poetrycollection


Like the Page! On Facebook!
Stay in touch!

That Strapless Bra in Heaven (Kelsay Books) is Sarah Sarai's third book and second full-length poetry collection. Click on the link to order. $14! 

The Facebook page includes:

  • A complete list of poem titles!
  • Comments, as they come in, from reviewers!
  • An exciting guide on how to order your very own a copy of THAT STRAPLESS BRA IN HEAVEN!
  • With links! and price breakdown! ($14 +shipping)!
  • Welcome to the blurbs!

Poems in Strapless were first published in Prelude, Boston Review, Posit, Ethel, Barrow Street, Zocalo Public Square, Oddball, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, Quiddity, Isacoustic, SWWiM, and many other fine journals.





Monday, February 3, 2020

Relive those parties where every bottle was uncorked... "After and Sometimes" #poem



After and Sometimes


Relive those parties where every bottle was uncorked and
passed around and everyone smoked everything, double-
checked each auto’s glove box for at least a Sherman or 
a roach. And you left with exactly the wrong woman who 
was exactly the right one, if only for less than twelve hours. 
And not everyone was anything, not white, employed,
focused. And all had self-righteous halos of wild hair 
imperfect as a precisely imprecise stitch in a Persian rug.
You had fun. We all did. It had become more possible.

Sarah Sarai. Stonewalls' Legacy: A Poetry Anthology. Hidden Gems Press., Ed. Rusty Rose & Marc Rosen. 2019.

Random photo. Sarah Sarai. Madison Square Park.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

"this poet is tuned in to the idiosyncratic and has something to say about it" - review of Strapless



Susan Tepper wrote a delightful Amazon review of That Strapless Bra in Heaven & here it is, in full: Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020:


Poet Sarah Sarai knows how to make a line zing, grab your attention, shock you a little or a lot, and make you laugh. All in one stanza. That is no small feat. This poet is very tuned in to the idiosyncratic and has something to say about it. Actually, a lot to say. "My mood is London longing for a blue sky. I take the Hudson River as my lover, / the Southwest as my comforter, Mount Shasta as my tomb. Who wouldn’t want to spend millennia in a fine female breast? …” from her book THAT STRAPLESS BRA IN HEAVEN where life IS a train wreck. But Sarai gets past all that with other train wrecks, from other lives, from history, near and far, from myths and legends, from the wake-up call of a weary friend: “One morning he pulled me aside, to advise I never check myself into Bellevue.” This is poetry on acid with a twist of real. You have to be wide open to rap lines the way Sarai does. The book is lyrical, musical, unforgiving. I’m not suggesting this poet is heartless. Not by any stretch. She just keeps the soft and mushy under wraps, giving us a peek, here and there. Because she’s an original. Very highly recommended.



Susan Tepper is author of, most recently, the novel 
What Drives Men (Wilderness House).

photo: The East River. Taken by Sarah Sarai.