KC Trommer – September 4, 2012

August 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jackson Heights poet KC Trommer will be kicking off First Tuesdays 2012-2013 season on September 4, 2012. She is a graduate of MFA program at The University of Michigan and has been the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Coconut, MARGIE, Octopus, The Sycamore Review, Poetry East and a number of other journals. She has completed her first collection of poems, Puncture, and is at work on her second collection. If you want to know a bit more about her, check out her website. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her family.

When:  September 4, 2012
Where: Terraza 7 Cafe, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM (open-mic sign up at 6:45)
Other: $5 suggested donation. For more information contact Richard Jeffrey Newman.

Here’s one of KC’s poems:

Surface Anatomy of the Head and Neck

My mother brushes her hair in bed, the hard brush
against her scalp. No pliable bristles, just plastic teeth
that dig in. I would rather an easier, less punishing instrument.

At night, I need to soften the place where my neck meets
my shoulders. I rub out the debris of who was late and how
late they were, of the word I meant to learn the full meaning of
but used anyway, of the woman I meant to molt but instead keep wearing.

When he drives, I grip the back of his neck, hold my fingers stiff
like claws, move them over the surface. Plates of the head like plates
in the earth and the pressure and relief, necessary. He closes his eyes

for a moment but the car keeps going. The mother cat grabs her
mewlings by the scruffs to carry them to the darkest corner of the barn.
I pick them up in the same place as if to say, Listen, I’m your mother now.


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