my collaborative article/poem on dance and poetry with Sima Belmar in the December 2019 issue of In Dance

Friends, check out this collaborative article/poem I did with the brilliant Sima Belmar. It is in the December issue of In Dance magazine called “In Practice: A Dancer Poet Creature Conversation.” We sat for hours talking about dance and poetry and then Sima transcribed our conversation and then we made it into a poem.

 

In Practice: A Dancer Poet Creature Conversation with Denise Leto

Lines: Sawako Nakayasu

Morning Song

Every time, these days, it seems, an equation gets forced. Forged:

far cry
______

low rise

and every morning sticks, figure A, for alas, stick figures, it
figures that we awaken in the same rectangle at different points on the time
line, these every days the sum of all our

angles, a beyond-complementary
rate, exceeding three hundred sixty, then three hundred sixty-five, three
hundred seventy

days, and angles, a supersaturated moon. Also it is morning
and I am far

from and I cry.

The last ditch grows deeper and I stuff the
world into a quadratic of words, for example:              But-I-love-you.
Place-in-the-box.         Pass-the-god-damn-butter.
That’s four against three.                    Far against which cry.

 

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A new poem “Mythical Map of a Bird” in the gorgeous journal Rogue Agent, Issue #55

Link to Rogue Agent #55

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Denise Leto

MYTHICAL MAP OF A BIRD

She eats her own form.
Spits out an artery of feathers.
The prey spans old powdery drapery.

vent
a
small hole in the body of a bird through which waste or eggs emerge

origin of coordinates
points in a system of coordinates which serve as a zero point

In the missing of small ponds:
a hat, a phone book, an hourglass,
the lack of a reason.

beak
hard curved or pointed part of a bird’s mouth 

latitude
angular distance, in degrees, minutes, and seconds of a point north or south

The police are a mystery in this legend.
They knock loudly on the door.
They come and go, come and go.

talon
sharp nails on the
feet of some birds that kill other animals for food

elevation
vertical distance of a point above or below a reference surface

I sweep the broken glass. Put up a plywood board.
The kids huddle. A rope of breath
around each exhalation.

down
the
small soft feathers of a bird

azimuth
horizontal direction clockwise from the meridian

M. lies awake with a flashlight pointed at the door.
I lie awake with a flashlight pointed at her.
We fall asleep without sleep.

wingtip
point at the
end of a wing

erosion
group of natural processes including weathering, dissolution, abrasion, corrosion

A spectral relief in the garden.
I draw inside avium animalia.
I remember something more.

web
thin layer of skin between the toes of some birds that helps them swim

continuous tone
an image not broken into dots by a photographic screen

The sense of viscera on a wet branch.
We look for our bodies in an infinite line.
I want to thank her for shape.

quill
molted flight feather of a large bird

contour interval
difference in elevation between two adjacent lines

At the café the girls play us a song.
I keep changing my shoes.
They give me amulets.

crest
set of
feathers on the top of the heads of some birds

high water mark
a line or mark left upon tidal flats, beaches, or along the shore of a rivulet

The first panel on disability poetics at the Italian American Studies Association Conference

Session 5: “Disability Poetics and the Voicing of Italian America: A Critical Framing and Poetry”

Reading with Adam Giannelli and Denise Leto”

Room: SCE 613

Chair: Roseanne Giannini Quinn, De Anza College

• Adam Giannelli, University of Utah

• Denise Leto, Independent Scholar

Respondent: Roseanne Giannini Quinn, De Anza College

 

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The 51st Annual IASA Conference

October 18 to October 20, 2018

University of Illinois, Chicago

 

The Conflicts of Immigration Past and Present:

The Position[ing] of Italian and the Diaspora

 

In Collaboration with the University of Illinois, Chicago; the Istituto Italiano

di Cultura, Chicago; and the Consolato Generale d’Italia, Chicago

 

Hineni–an online Magazine of protest and resistance

Edited by Jennifer Bartlett and Jim Stewart, I am happy to have some photographs in the journal and there is so much wonderful work by a group of amazing artists/activists. Check it out!

http://hinenimagazine.com

Hineni

“Briefing for a Conversation in Parts” a poem of mine in Typo 25 the online journal. An amazing issue.

Check out the wonderful new issue of the journal Typo 25, edited by Jennifer Bartlett. She curated a beautiful array.

http://www.typomag.com/issue25/

25

JENNIFER BARTLETT

SUSANNE ANTONETTA
ANDREA BAKER
SHEILA BLACK
JASON BRADFORD
RUDOLFO CARRILLO
KELLY DAVIO
MEG DAY
JESSICA MELLLI-HAND
STEPHANIE HEIT
CAMISHA JONES
ADAM KING
DENISE LETO
RAYMOND LUCZAK
OLIVIA MAMMONE
ANDRINIKI MATTIS
CAMERON MORSE
DANIELLE PAFUNDA
CHRISTINE ROBBINS
HAL SIROWITZ
JACQUELINE VALENCIA
KATHI WOLFE