My Poem And The Film

I am Snoopy-happy-dance excited to announce that the title poem from I Ate the Cosmos for breakfast has been selected by Motionpoems to be made into a film! More details soon…

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Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Marta Serpas LIVE on BlogTalk Radio

Tiferet Journal

Please join Melissa Studdard and Tiferet Journal on 12/3/14 at 7PM EST for a conversation with poet, editor, chaplain and creative writing professor Martha Serpas.

Click the link to listen to the “featured” interview LIVE on BlogTalk Radio or for the archived broadcast immediately after it airs: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tiferetjournal/2014/10/28/martha-serpas-tiferet-talk-interview-with-melissa-studdard

Serpas is the author of two collections of poetry, Côte Blanche and The Dirty Side of the Storm. Her work has appeared in places such as The New Yorker, The Nation, and Southwest Review, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poems. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State, New York University, and the University of Houston, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. For many years as an educational consultant and as a poet-in-residence, she facilitated the teaching of writing to children in New York City classrooms. She has taught recently at Yale Divinity School and the University of Tampa, where she served as poetry editor of Tampa Review. A native of south Louisiana, she remains active in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Since 2006 she has worked as a trauma chaplain, first at Tampa General Hospital and now at Memorial Hermann—Texas Medical Center. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. To learn more about Martha Serpas please visit: http://www.marthaserpas.com. And, to purchase her books: http://tinyurl.com/m9yqhuh

Tiferet Journal is pleased to also offer to you our multiple award-winning The Tiferet Talk Interviews book. This book includes 12 exceptional interviews from Julia Cameron, Edward Hirsch, Jude Rittenhouse, Marc Allen, Arielle Ford, Robert Pinsky, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Robin Rice, Jeffrey Davis, Floyd Skloot, Anthony Lawlor, and Lois P. Jones. It can be purchased in both print and Kindle formats at this link on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/bu8m2zs

Host: Melissa Studdard
Executive Producer and Host: Donna Baier Stein
Producer: RJ Jeffreys
Producer: Udo Hintz

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tiferetjournal/2014/10/28/martha-serpas-tiferet-talk-interview-with-melissa-studdard

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Fox Chase Review

Fox Chase Review

The first review of “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast” is in at Fox Chase Review. Thanks to G. Emil Reutter for his lovely words.

https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/i-ate-the-cosmos-for-breakfast-by-melissa-studdard/

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

New Release: I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast

I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast

With Whitmanesque exuberance and voracity, Melissa Studdard’s I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast is a collection that devours the world even as it offers it—a collection that, through all its doubts and wounds, through “fire, ice, hurricanes, tsunamis, and quakes” arrives “with that tornado in its throat”—love—to spark renewal again and again.

Noting the voluptuous, yet spiritual thrust of the book, Robert Pinsky states, “Melissa Studdard’s high-flying, bold poetic language expresses an erotic appetite for the world: ‘this desire to butter and eat the stars,’ as she says, in words characteristically large yet domestic, ambitious yet chuckling at their own nerve. This poet’s ardent, winning ebullience echoes that of God, a recurring character here, who finds us Her children, splotchy, bawling and imperfect though we are, “flawless in her omniscient eyes.”

Poet Cate Marvin observes, “In so many ways the poems in this book read like paintings, touching and absorbing the light of the known world while fingering the soul until it lifts, trembling. Gates splayed, bodies read as books, and hearts born of mouths, Studdard’s study, which is a creation unto itself, would have no doubt pleased Neruda’s taste for the alchemic impurity of poetry, which is, as we know, poetry that is not only most pure of heart, but beautifully generous in vision and feeling.”

I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, poems by Melissa Studdard, is published by Saint Julian Press

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Share A Poem With You

because meals are memorials
that teach us how to move,
history moves in us as we raise
our voices and then our glasses
to pour a little out for those
who poured out everything for us,
we pour ourselves for them,
so they can eat again.

From “Grace” by Jake Adam York, RIP (12/12)

This week, instead of memorizing a poem for the Mnemosyne Weekly, I’ll be spending time with family. But I’d still like to share a poem with you. No matter what your faith or what you’re celebrating, this poem highlights mealtime as a way of honoring both the past and the present, both those with whom we are sitting and those who are no longer here. Such a lovely, universal message–

See the full poem here: tinyurl.com/cn59693

The painting is “One of the Family” by Frederick Cotman (1880)

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Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Icarus Practicing

A few lines from a poem in response to John Sokol’s magnificent painting, Icarus Practicing:

Stretch them wide
as God’s first breath.

From tip to tip
there is no time.

Just the rumbling
of a tune

in your makeshift
beak, and bright

sky galloping
through the hollow

of bone . . .

Icarus Practicing

 

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Poecology

I’m thrilled to have a poem in the inaugural issue of this beautiful new journal.

http://poecology.org/issue-1/contents/

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.