Five Poets Recite (Sinead McGuigan, Heather MacKechnie, Lawrence Bridges, Denise Alden, Dana Kinsey)

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast June submitted poems episode features five wonderful contributions read by five 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, Dana Gioia, Yanyi, Olivia Gatwood, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

Please note that this episode contains adult language and includes poetry that touches on suicide, and is not suitable for children. If you are having suicidal thoughts please reach out for support resources in your area.

Listen to the poems using your favorite podcast reader and then read each below:

You can submit your poetry for consideration in a future Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast episode via our Submittable page.


This liquid untamed pours down my throat

A hot fiery taste that has learned to coax

The pious to walk away from the cross…

Excerpt from Whiskey Breath

Sinead an Irish poet has been published in many literay magazines and has two solo collections available on Amazon. Sinead publishes her work on Instagram mainly @sineadmcgpoetry

Dating boys was easy, I learned the tricks far too young
And boys became men as I taught my barbies to kiss …

Excerpt from Nothing to Lose

Heather MacKechnie is a queer aspiring poet who spends her days in non-profit management and delights in evenings of music, writing and solitude. She has been writing since she could grasp a pencil but until recently seldom shared her written words with anyone else.

Instagram: @charliemack1374

I can explain the route.
Maybe I’ll start there.
The little better, in this moment –
A description of shape …

Excerpt from How to What?

Lawrence Ernest Bridges’ poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Tampa Review. He has published three volumes of poetry: Horses on Drums (Red Hen Press, 2006), Flip Days (Red Hen Press, 2009), and Brownwood (Tupelo Press, 2016). You can find him on:


Yoko Ono was the first person I heard
say the quiet part out loud: to be a Christian
is to be crucified sooner or later. Is this true, Jesus? …

Excerpt from You May Experience Some Joint Discomfort

Denise Alden is a poet. Some of her work can be found at The Sunlight Press, Red Flag Poetry, and in Dear Vaccine: Global Voices Speak to the Pandemic. She lives on the traditional homelands of the Dakota, now known as the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Excerpt from Pray for my Daughter

Dana Kinsey is an actor and teacher published in Fledgling Rag, Drunk Monkeys, ONE ART, On the Seawall, Sledgehammer Lit, West Trestle Review, Better Than Starbucks, Viewless Wings, Red Ogre Review, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Prometheus Dreaming, and Prose Online. Dana’s play, WaterRise, was produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Her chapbook, Mixtape Venus, is published by I. Giraffe Press. Visit

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