Poetry for Adults
Poetry is often how I process a life experience that feels poetic to me, no matter what that is and no matter what emotion it embodies. Sights, experiences, thoughts, emotions: if it feels like poetry—if there's a certain deep stirring inside—chances are I will try to capture it in lyrical language.
And then it is up to me to find the right words to give form and content to the poem-to-be. I love to experiment with poetic language and form, and am lucky to have a wonderful group of poets with whom to share the process.
Some of my most recent work is published in the following journals:
"Just So You Know", MATTER Anthology, Oprelle Publications, December 2020.
“Security Guard at the Early Childhood Center”, “Dangerous Memory”,“First Kiss”, "He Was Dying and I Was Fat" and “I Know Those People”, Otherwise Engaged, May 2020.
“We Danced”, A Moment of Your Time Podcast, May 2020.
“Beyond Chicago”, Red Coyote, May 2020.
“A Man Was Here”, “Weigh Day”, and “How to Recite a Poem”, The Write City Magazine, (Chicago Writers Association), October 2019
“Winter Prairie Grass”, West Texas Review, Spring 2019.
“After Shiva”, “The Last Moment”, and “Israelites Like Butterflies”, 2018 Mizmor Anthology, December 2018.
“Sixteen”, Silver Birch Press April 2015.
“Deborah Voigt Does Broadway Show Tunes”, The Lake Winter 2014.
“This is Your Azalea”, Broad! Winter 2014.
In October 2019 I drove from Skokie to Peoria driving to the Illinois Reading Council conference to work at the SCBWI table.
The autumn fields of Illinois opened
on either side of me as I drove alone,
with windows down.
My heart swelled with love
for my state and the prairie and farm land.