NLW(5): Making Séance of Natalie Lyalin’s “Get Out Of Here, Ghost” (Guest Post by Seth Parker)


Thursday and Friday are Sethdays in Natalie Lyalin Week. Today we have poet and frozen vegetable czar Seth Parker, editor of SKEIN, serving up his prophetic ghost vision of Natalie’s poetry. Plus, Seth reminds us: You can buy Natalie Lyalin’s first book of poems, Pink & Hot Pink Habitat (Coconut Books) now. Check out her unbelievable journal, GlitterPony, online, and see her read her work at Divine Magnet.


All these days were real. Before hunting season
we met on the courts, in manicured gardens,

next to man-made water. This whole time I
was deep sleeping. I was packing the dirt in

and being happy. Looking inside a python I saw
two tracts of digestion. Outside. Outside is

an obvious danger. Gun and killer kind. At
night they come in and we battle them back

out. Get out of here. Get going with your
pitchforks. In wedding season we talk

colors. We talk delicate and scalloped.
How it is only human to have the fontanel.

Yes, make an ancient signal to carry over
all the side of the ocean. If no, send creepy

letters to your most annoying friends. Be
a mistress, or a lost sister coming back.


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March 12th, 2010 / 12:55 pm

Natalie Lyalin Week (1): A Poem, An Interview

This week, I along with other contributors will throw down with Natalie Lyalin, editor of GlitterPony and author of the next book of poems that you should buy: Pink & Hot Pink Habitat (Coconut Books). Buy it here. There will be opportunities to WIN Natalie’s book along with other books from the tremendous Coconut catalog, so stayed tuned for that. This will be like a party on the internet. A party that starts with a poem and follows that with an interview to which the poem is relevant. So, to begin.


There were two great Sophias
and a few good Dorothys. We enacted
inside the outside world of the mausoleum.

The mausoleum is by my house,
and I thought it was ordinary. I thought
it was all ordinary. I was Sophia,
but not so good at it. I loved Dorothy.

On the lake, the small swans stood on water.
I stood under a tree. Someone occupied the
peace pagoda. It is not always certain,
a safe exit from the forest.

I believe their show was the first
to address homosexuality. Dorothy
loved the way she dressed.
They were dressed impeccably.

Because Natalie’s book gave me lots to think about concerning gender and place, these were the starting points of the interview, after the jump. READ MORE >

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March 8th, 2010 / 10:19 am