New poems and a reprint: now with more Birdverse

Happy things! First of all, a new issue of Through the Gate is up, featuring my poem “Resh” alongside excellent work by Sara Norja, Bogi Tak√°cs, Mari Ness, and Sonya Taaffe. It is a small, but perfectly formed issue with poems that work with each other to create a lovely harmony. Major kudos to editor Mitchell Hart, who has consistently been putting out wonderfully edited issues. Bogi has posted a compilation of Hungarian folk songs that inspired eir poem, “Flee to the Far Shores.”

Second, a new issue of Goblin Fruit is out, featuring my poem “I will show you a single treasure from the treasures of Shah Niyaz” and… oh wow, the wonderful art by Betsie Withey illustrates it! This is a Birdverse poem, featuring the secondary world universe in which I am often writing. I have read this poem during the Readercon Mythic Poetry reading MC’d by Mike Allen. This is what C.S.E. Cooney, writing the convention up for Black Gate, had to say about my performance:

Rose Lemberg […] tore my heart out and gave it wings.
She recited her piece from memory. She cried it out. She embodied it. And it consumed her like a fire. She left me weeping and trembling.
I think her poetry is dangerous. At least, it left me feeling like the most gorgeous shipwreck.

The mp3 of me reading this poem is up at Goblin Fruit; it is not as powerful as my Readercon performance (the poem came over me and I was shaking after that was over), but I hope you give it a listen nonetheless.

Third, my Birdverse novelette, “Held Close in Syllables of Light,” has been reprinted in Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Four, which is now available from Weightless Books. If you enjoy Beneath Ceaseless Skies, please consider purchasing an issue to support this magazine.

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R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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