A handful of my poems made it into Querencia Press‘s first women’s, queer, trans and nonbinary (enby) anthology, Not Ghosts, But Spirits – a fat volume with work by over 90 writers and artists. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, you can pre-order the book here: https://bookshop.org/shop/querenciapress (or ask your local bookseller if they can get a hold of it for you). The book will be out mid-January, as far as I know. All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the charity Saving our Sisters.

If you want to read some new, previously unpublished poems of mine, get a hold of the latest issue of Poetry South for a poem that is dear to my heart, “Small Animal Soft Tissue”. I’ve also got work forthcoming in Westbranch, Gutter Magazine, and – some self-translations, in German – in the Jan / Feb issue of Sinn & Form.

Tomorrow is the 21st of December, the shortest day of the year. As The Doctor says, “half-way out of the dark.” Here’s to a return of the light, and to a bright 2023.

a face, the eyes and forehead are covered by the wings of a large butterfly, neon pink lettering for title and subtitle

A new poem of mine just came out in the Ocean Culture issue of The Remnant Archives. You can read “White-Lip Daughter (Pinctada)” for free right here: https://theremnantarchive.com/issues/

In completely unrelated news, I’ve “migrated” from Twitter to Mastodon, and if you want to follow me there, my handle is @ferngirl@det.social . I’m still learning, but liking how much it reminds me of way back when the Internet was, you know, fun.

And in even less related news, while I’ve been horrible at keeping up with my book blog, I have passed my goal of 40 books read this year, and am on number 42, which is “Nutshell” by Ian McEwan.

Just a quick update to say that after reading the excellent Best Microfiction 2021 (click to visit website), I tried my hand at some flash / micro fiction myself, and I’m pleased as punch that one of my pieces made the long list for the Forge Literary Magazine Flash contest. Will it make the short list? Who knows! But this feels… good. (And if you’re looking for something fun to read, check out the Best Microfiction collections, – telling a story in less than 100 words takes a lot of skill)

Happy May everyone! Not only is my second book, The Apidictor Tapes finally out in the world, so are a few new poems of mine – and you can listen to them online here:

Audio of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, 1966” and “Provision” from issue 6 of Channel Magazine can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/HS4j5Olsij8?t=2506

Full text and audio of “Still (Susan Storm Richards, the Invisible Woman)” from issue 25 of South Florida Poetry Journal can be found at https://www.southfloridapoetryjournal.com

We finally have a new publication date for The Apidictor Tapes, and it’s April 1st. I can’t wait for this book to finally be a real thing in the world, in readers’ hands. Two fellow writers and I are planning on doing a virtual reading in the nearish future, – I’ll keep you posted here. In the meantime, you can order your copy of The Apidictor Tapes here: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780898234060/the-apidictor-tapes.aspx

So far, 2022 has been good as far as poetry is concerned. I have poems forthcoming in a number of places, such as South Florida Poetry Journal, Redactions, Channel, and Poetry South. Three of my self-translations have also made the cut and will appear in an upcoming issue of Sinn und Form.

With world events being what they are, I find I have to make room for reading to keep myself from a state of constant worry. So far this year I’ve read sci-fi, but also poetry and crime fiction. I’ll post a new book discussion (it’s really not a review, so I won’t call it that) on my reading blog (Outside of a Cat) before long.

photo of snowdrops / galanthus: @annettecboehm

**** UPDATE: it appears the supply chain is in really bad shape and because of this, The Apidictor Tapes won’t be available until February. I’m sorry about this, believe me. I only found out last night. If you ordered the book to give away for Christmas, contact me. (twitter: @annettecboehm / insta: same) ****

I’ve got a new poem up in Whale Road Review’s brand new issue 25 which just went live. WWR also regularly features creative writing pedagogy pieces, so if you’re not familiar with this publication yet, take a look! You can check it out here: http://www.whaleroadreview.com/issue-25-winter-2021/ The poem is from my “Small Bodies” series, and there will be another one coming up in print in the new South Dakota Review very soon.

I hope you’ll join us on Monday, December 6th, for a transatlantic virtual poetry reading! There will be new poetry, hot off the press, followed by a Q&A. Us, that’ll be Samuel Ugbechie and myself, plus of course the nice folk from New Rivers Press. Here are the details for the reading:

When: Dec 6, 2021 01:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) / 08:30 PM CET (mainland Europe)
Topic: NRP Author Reading — Sam Ugbechie and Annette C. Boehm

Register in advance:
https://minnstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BPlU3TgYTRenZ1O2CBnLmg

If you want to learn more about Samuel, here’s an interview with him: https://2035africa.org/conversation/between-intersectionality-and-surprise-poetic-process-metaphor-making-and-sound-│by-sara-elkamel-and-samuel-ugbechie/

**** UPDATE: it appears the supply chain is in really bad shape and because of this, the book won’t be available until February. I’m sorry about this, believe me. If you ordered the book to give away for Christmas, contact me. (twitter: @annettecboehm / insta: same) ****

It’s publication day, finally! Welcome to the world, little book. To whet your appetite, I made a little recording of the title poem, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/CAaWzQbPzOQ (That poem originally appeared in Typo magazine btw.) Parts of the manuscript were workshopped at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a number of poems appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. New Rivers Press is a university teaching press, so many people have had a hand in getting this manuscript into print. I am grateful to everyone who has helped make this happen. To get your own copy, go here: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780898234060/the-apidictor-tapes.aspx

If you’re ordering from outside of the US, use promo code “INTNTL” for 10% off your order!

There will be a Zoom reading on Dec. 6th, watch this space for details.

Here’s some of the advance praise this book has received:

Annette C. Boehm’s new book, THE APIDICTOR TAPES, rather than concentrating on the hackneyed hum of things as so much of recent poetry does, homes in on particulars. Each poem is fused by a precise imagery one seldom sees these days. As Boehm says in ‘The Glass Transition,’ every bone in the body is ‘a fulgurite, seeded by lightning.’ That is just how tightly fused every poem in the collection stands. Her language will leave you chilled with its ‘perfect clarity’ of image and meaning—and with no abstractions marring its brilliance. — Jim Barnes

From an elegiac ‘translation’ of the Narwhal, to sharp-witted interrogations of social cues, to poems that interrogate an era of school shootings, drones, and robots, the poems and personae of THE APIDICTOR TAPES range and explode from their beautiful concision. Annette C. Boehm is an extraordinary poet whose imagination and lyrical control are brought in gorgeous tension through crystalline images and vital turns. Each poem in this collection is a surprise, an arrow, an angled truth.— Rebecca Morgan Frank

In this fine new collection, Annette C. Boehm brings to the pages a powerful aesthetic sensibility, married to a decidedly curious and scientific inclination. She has an ear for the sounds of natural and mechanical beasts—the book resounds with ‘click-trains’ and static, murmur and buzz, often in the service of exploring what it means to know, what it means to have and manipulate information. She writes fluidly of the fluidity of many things, which by a ‘strange alchemy’ equals human fragility, and also beauty. The book surprises on every page, exhibiting the ‘strange alchemy’ of poetry itself that only the best poets are able to accomplish. — Sidney Wade

A brand new poem of mine is in the Columbia Review (issue 21), and you can read it here: http://columbiareviewmag.com. If you’re wondering about the form of the poem, I’m honestly not sure what it’s called, I’ve not been able to find it anywhere else except in the book Catherine Breese Davis / The Unsung Masters Series, where Davis used it (“Indolence”) and I fell in love with it. Maybe we should call it the Davis form? Or an indolence? In any case, check out the hot-off-the-press issue of the Columbia Review.