Friday, April 8, 2011

i'm over at the waffle house

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, my beautiful friend Terresa Wellborn is doing a series of posts to spotlight poets on her blog The Chocolate Chip Waffle.  I was very honored to be asked to participate today.  So, please pop over and say hello.

Terresa happens to be a very talented poet in her own right.  Here's one of my personal favorites:

Thirteen Ways to Kill Your Heart

Cut it out of your chest
and clawing earth,
bury it.

Climb an impossible cliff and
drop it. Watch it fall,
the majesty.

Boil it until
it screams. Listen in
migratory bliss.

Visit a farm,
feed it to swine.

Stuff it's mouth with newspaper,
suffocate it blue.

Skewer and roast it over an open flame.

With a noose not too loose,
hang it until it's neck snaps.

Overdose it with sleeping pills,
in every orifice.

Bludgeon it with a hammer,
hatchet, or anything with a handle.

Abandon it to vultures,
the Mojave Desert will do.

With a knife.

Run it over with your car,

Eat it.

Terresa Wellborn

Speaking of poetry, don't forget my debut chapbook is now available for pre-order.  I was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Finishing Line Press 2010 Open Chapbook Competition.  Patina, is a 26 page collection of some of my very first poetry, stemming from my love of ancestry and all things vintage.

Finishing Line is a small press and depends on authors to help promote their books. I have an advance sales period of approximately four more weeks, before the pressrun is determined.  So, if you are interested in purchasing a copy, it would help me out tremendously if you would pre-order a copy today.  Click on the link below:

The poetics of Tess Kincaid's Patina balance between discipline and whimsy. Her lyrics and character sketches achieve something many poets do not even try to do:  bring us characters trying to love the world, and a world fertile with sacraments of meaning.        --Annie Finch

Tess Kincaid’s Patina is aptly named, with its acute sense of how the past taints the present and its impressive demonstration of how the poetry of this moment bears the shadow of centuries of tradition.
 --John Biguenet

A huge thank-you to all who have already placed an order.  Your generous support is invaluable, my friends. You're the best.


  1. Hi! Willow...
    I will go right-over to take peek!
    DeeDee ;-D
    [Willow, I thought that I was "dreaming" I'am first...until I read your poem and post.]
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;-D

  2. Just finished reading yours at The Waffle House--wonderful!
    And now to have the extra pleasure of one of Terresa's poems.
    What a great day for poetry.
    Thank you BOTH.

  3. I will certainly visit Terresa Wellborn's The Chocolate Chip Waffle ... if only to find out why she spells Theresa like that ... crazy name, crazy lady ...

  4. Hello and I, too, love this poem.

  5. how wonderful to be the first honored guest at the waffle house. Love Terresa's poem. Interesting she doesnt have "fall in love." LOL. Maybe that's too obvious.

  6. I visited you at Terresa's and now here's Terresa at your place, both of you are splendid poets.

  7. Im on my way ;)

  8. Tess: Thanks for spotlighting me today, too, what an enriching exchange of poetry, words, friends!!

  9. I love visiting the Chocolate Chip Waffle. Such talented woman writers, the both of you!

  10. I'll have to go see the link now. Good luck with the book, Tess. I'm so excited for you--can't wait for mine to surprise me when it comes in the mail.

  11. Terresa is very talented, and what a poem!!!! It is one of my favourites now too.
    Thanks for sharing this Tess.


  12. I love hanging at the waffle house - my pre-order is already done by days and I am waiting... somewhat patiently.

  13. Yes, Terresa is as brilliant as she is beautiful. I hope that you will consider adding her to your blog roll and visiting often. You will not be disappointed.

  14. Tess it is really wonderful...although it hurts my heart!!

    Art by Karena

  15. Enjoyed both poems very much.
    Have been following both of you for sometime.

  16. The fourteenth way to kill your heart is to tell someone you love them ...

  17. I'll be back. Finding your work has been a beautiful surprise. Sarah

  18. That poem is strong stuff!

    Congratulations on your chapbook, Tess. I'm so excited for you.

  19. Thanks for the link, I would follow any link that leads to your poetry.

  20. Swashbuckle Surprise is a poem that I would like to hold close to my heart. I will definitely follow The Chocolate Chip Waffle and have pre-ordered your book. Can't wait to own it!

  21. Yeah, I loved that poem by Terresa too. You both do stellar work, and her blog is another example of possibility. I just wonder when, O when, will someone come up with another name for this than "blog" - Such a crappy-sounding thing - dog, blob, bogg, gob, hog ... "Life at Willow Manor Blog" sounds so oxymoronic ... Brendan

  22. I so agree, Brendan. It's an ugly word. I have noticed there are a few elegant bloggers out there who hold fast to referring to their blogs as "web-logs". Even that doesn't sound too savvy.

  23. R.A.D., there are tons of peeps out there who would agree with you, my friend.

  24. FIFTEENTH way to kill your heart is to have someone tell you they love YOU, only you, you, you--oh, so deeply! And then attach onto your heart...

    BANG! Heart is dead!

  25. ways to kill a heart, an interesting concept and well written

  26. Am going over to see what other goodies Teressa has!

    I'm so pleased for you Tess. I visited and saw your book (wonderful cover)on the site.

  27. Discovered you at Terresa's place. Swashbuckle Reprise" is a strong poem. I wonder if the earth to be tilled is memory, and if the work is done to gain understanding of our experience.

    Congrats on the publication; Finishing Line is a fine place to be.

  28. That was such a good poem with the best possible ending.
    I haven't ordered my copy of your book yet, but will. My bookshelf without it would be lacking something special.

  29. You both are is no wonder you have become beautiful friends. :-)

  30. this is thrilling news.
    congratz and hugs to you.


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