Five Poets Recite (Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis, David Holper, Connor Simons, Norma DaCrema, Linda Drattell)

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast August submitted poems episode features contributions from six wonderful poets, read by the poets. Different forms and themes are featured. The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists including Safia Elhillo, A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kari Byron, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

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Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis

After the men had condemned
Caravaggio’s picture of Saint Matthew…

Excerpt from Saint Matthew’s Rectus Femoris

Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis is a Professor of English at Saint Martin’s University, a private, Benedictine liberal arts university located in the Pacific Northwest.

David Holper

You can tell its ripeness by the deep lush purple
of the skin, the tight, taut feel it has…

Excerpt from Aubergine

David Holper is a writer and poet. He served as the City of Eureka’s inaugural poet laureate (2019-2021). Holper has published several books of poetry, including “The Bridge” (SequoiaSong Publications) and “64 Questions” (March Street Press). He is currently working on his first novel.

Connor Simons

at a makeshift altar in a living room
enmeshed in afternoon Alaska light…

Excerpt from The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia

Connor L Simons is a queer poet, essayist, and translator based in the Twin Cities. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, where he worked as Poetry Editor for the Great River Review. His work has most recently appeared in the LA Review and Breakwater Review, and is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Review.

Norma DaCrema

In Ali Baba’s Cave
at Enchanted Forest
when I was eight,
we rode in boats…

Excerpt from Open Sesame

Norma DaCrema is a teacher at a Pennsylvania girls’ high school. A May 2022 graduate of Arcadia University’s MFA program in Creative Writing, she has published or has work forthcoming in The Lyric, The Night Heron Barks, Ovunque Siamo, Common Ground Review, and Red Fern Review, among others. She lives with her son and a small slew of cats.

Linda Drattell

We lived for a time in London’s Marylebone neighborhood
On Chiltern Street, a stone’s throw from Paddington Park…

Excerpt from Paddington Park

Linda Drattell is an author, poet, and advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing residing in Northern California. Her poetry has appeared in both online publications and anthologies, including Prompt for the Press; Viewless Wings; Wingless Dreamer’s “Field of Black Roses,” “Vanish in Poetry,” and “Ink the Universe” anthologies; and Las Positas College’s “Havik” anthology.

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