Ballroom — a love story

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m posting one of the poems from my new chapbook, Ballroom — a love story, forthcoming from Flutter Press.

Tango — torneo cinco

My mother finds me in the kitchen
with ice and bandages, foot propped
like a broken shoe.
My bruise looks like Argentina,
a forest of color.

We’re learning the tango, I say,
thinking of the trees outside
the dance studio. Oaks along the river.
My mother is thinking, how terrible
the leaves die each winter.

Sometimes love necessitates disaster.
She didn’t see his face when we came together.
How I dared him to fall as I stepped around him.
How he dared me to lead, fingers on my body
tight as a locked door. I took five steps,
unaware of the vertigo. The difficulty of toes
and muscle aligning. It’s easier to walk alone
but not as beautiful, I thought, then lost
my way. The forest is a trickster.

Doesn’t it hurt? she wonders, fingering my instep.
I bandage the pain and pull away.
No explanation.
I’m remembering the trees, how the leaves
turned scarlet at just the right moment.

His palm, perilously sweet
against my wound.

© 2012 Christine Klocek-Lim

Cloud Studies – a sonnet sequence

I’m thrilled to announce that Whale Sound has published my collection of sonnets, Cloud Studies, as its third audio chapbook.

Working with Nic Sebastian was incredibly rewarding. She is an excellent editor and a sublime reader.

read Nic’s Process Notes here
read Christine’s Process Notes here

You can enjoy Cloud Studies in a number of different ways, thanks to Nic’s dedication to providing poetry in as many forms as there are readers. Here’s what she had to say about it:

Audio Chapbooks Evolution
And there’s so much new with the audio chapbook format!
Whale Sound Audio Chapbooks is offering some new options to the poetry consumer with the publication of Cloud Studies. The central question for the poetry consumer we have been asking as a publisher remains unchanged: How do you like your poetry served?
With this edition we’ve expanded the menu of options. As with previous audio chapbooks, you can:
1. Read each poem online as an individual post
2. Listen to each poem online as an individual unit
3. Download a free PDF of the whole chapbook
4. Download a free MP3 audio file of the whole chapbook
What’s new this time around? You can also:
5. Purchase a print edition of Cloud Studies from Lulu ($4.90 + shipping – this is cost-price, no author/publisher mark-up)
Purchase an audio CD of Cloud Studies from Lulu ($5.50 + shipping – again, at cost-price, no author/publisher mark-up)
Purchase an e-book edition of Cloud Studies from Lulu ($0.99 – cost-price)

Poetry chapbooks ordered

I have had a list of poetry chapbooks I wanted to order for several months now. Some I could’ve ordered last year if I wasn’t such a procrastinator, but one was just released. However, I managed to order all of them today.

Larina Warnock’s Guitar Without Strings (The Lives You Touch Publications)
M.E. Hope’s The past is clean (Uttered Chaos)
Martin Willitts Jr.’s Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for Cezanne (Finishing Line Press)
Tania Runyan’s Simple Weight (FutureCycle Press)

Checking my mailbox for the next few weeks is going to be delightful as I wait for all this poetry to arrive!