I read some poems from my newest book at the Myers Hotel Revue with musical accompaniment from some really talented musicians. It's the closest I'll ever get to being in a band. It was also one of the best experiences I've ever had. Huge thanks to Heidi Gluck and everyone I shared the stage with. What a special night!
Stereometry is now available for purchase! HUGE thanks are in order:
Thank you to three incredible writers I admire: Danny Caine, Jameelah Jones, & Dave Snyder.
Thank you to the Raven Bookstore for providing a space for my book release and even having cake!
Thank you to everyone who came to this reading. I felt so loved, supported, and encouraged.
Thank you to Another New Calligraphy and editor Bill Ripley for making such a beautiful book.
Thank you to the journals and magazines in which versions of Stereometry originally appeared: Visitant Lit, Fourteen Hills, & Talking Writing.
Thank you to Jeffrey McKee for snapping such great pics.
Thank you to Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, KS.
Thank you to everyone who kept my spirits up along the way. I am so grateful.
A box arrived at my doorstep yesterday and in it were copies of Stereometry, bundled together. It was important to me to have a text that felt interactive and invited reader participation. The importance of this is that grief and loss looks different for everyone. Another New Calligraphy worked so carefully to make Stereometry come to life and it's so much more beautiful than I could have imagined. Here's a description:
In Stereometry, Mercedes Lucero adopts arithmetic’s orderliness to manage her grief following a period of loss and near loss. This poetic curriculum articulates the solace she found in poring over textbook equations and theorems, seeking to merge the impossibility of knowing why with a discipline built upon solutions and answers. Lucero employs logic and reason in her focus on the abstract principles governing heartache. Which rule calculates the area of uncertainty? The shape of evaporating water? The distance between mourning and remembering? In surveying personal distress, she provides new means to assess the universal. Stereometry is bundled with interactive elements inviting reader participation, sharing an opportunity to quantify experiences beyond our understanding.
Read an excerpt here.
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Exciting news! Another New Calligraphy has accepted Stereometry for publication! This book is unlike anything I've ever written before and it's difficult for even me to describe. Because the book spans such a large amount of time following the grieving process, there is an emotional trajectory woven throughout. In the end, Stereometry is about healing.
Ultimately, it combines poetry, prose, and mathematics and seeks answers to the question "How do we measure our own bodies?" An early version of Stereometry appeared as a short story in Fourteen Hills and later, some emerging prose poems were published in Visitant Lit.
Like most writers, I process most things that happen in my life through my writing. It's been a long journey trying to find the most appropriate form for these words, but I'm so comforted that Another New Calligraphy wants to help me share them with others. Stay tuned.
My prose poem "The Possible Causes of Your Suffering" is included in the latest issue from Paper Darts Literary Magazine. It's a gorgeous issue. Do yourself a favor and get a copy.
My poem, "How Much Cosmic Occurrence Befalls Upon Universe," is available in the newest anthology from Z Publishing House, which you can order here. Here's a short description of the anthology:
In Kansas's Best Emerging Poets, 35 up-and-coming poets have their own chance to shine. Covering a wide array of topics ranging from love and heartbreak, family and friendship, the inherent beauty of nature, and so much more, these young talents will amaze you. Containing 1-3 poems per poet, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow.