Today's poem is "Offering"
from Humanly

Small Doggies Press

Stevie Edwards is a poet, editor, educator, and an advocate for mental health awareness. She is currently Editor-in-Chief at Muzzle Magazine, Acquisitions Editor at YesYes Books, and a Lecturer at Cornell University. Her first book, Good Grief (Write Bloody 2012), won an open manuscript contest and received two post-publication awards, the Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Her second poetry collection, Humanly, is forthcoming from Small Doggies Press in March 2015. Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Rattle, Devil's Lake, Indiana Review, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University and a BA in economics and English from Albion College.

Other poems by Stevie Edwards in Verse Daily:
May 14, 2012:   "The Hippie Church I was Raised in Doesn't Believe in Sin" "But I don't know what to do when my body becomes..."

Books by Stevie Edwards:

Other poems on the web by Stevie Edwards:
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Stevie Edwards's Website.

Stevie Edwards on Twitter.

About Humanly:

"If I had never before heard anyone say, 'Art Saves Lives,' I swear on the bullseye of my own wrist, I would have run through the streets screaming it the moment I finished this book. I want everyone who has never believed in the possibility of being given back Time, to read these poems. Not a moment of grief denied, and still, each turn of the page, a vaulted ceiling in my heavy heart. What a generous and intensely vulnerable offering to our survival this book is."
—Andrea Gibson

"With an unpredictability that alternately jolts and mesmerizes, Stevie Edwards has crafted an intricate exploration of life as we'd rather not know it. There is much in these stanzas to jolt and unsettle--stark crafting and a relentless respect for the possibilities of word create a tension only felt in the presence of revelation."
—Patricia Smith

"In Humanly, Stevie Edwards wakes us into our own bodies with her fierce honesty: The first time I tried to slip my outsides/I failed. This is a courageous book of startling images and original voice that surges beyond the difficult questions: If I string the night between two fence posts, /one side heaven and one side hell... Or: I was/watching myself in the hotel mirror to make sure/my body was still happening... Edwards blows the doors off the outer body, delivering us to the beating heart and the inner doors of human mercy. Humanly burns need and desire into the sound of survival: a prayer/in praise of the groaning in the backroom:/Let each body be loved until its end."
—Jan Beatty

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