Something I’m working on

This poem is a lite-brite

This poem is a dried oak leaf

This poem has always wanted to meet the B-52s

This poem is seated at the feet of the Dalai Lama

This poem is a spirograph

This poem likes the Beatles about the same as the Stones

This poem thanks Joe Brainard

This poem wants to make sure that you know Joe died of AIDS-related pneumonia

This poem is a chinchilla

This poem worries far too much

This poem has nothing to do with me

This poem has no sense of irony

This poem is a whale shark transforming

This poem doesn’t care what you think

This poem is a soothsayer

This poem is done with bullshit

This poem has more windows than doors

This poem is a piece of sea glass

This poem has no room for ego

This poem misses the coast

This poem meets cats in the middle of the night

This poem may have dementia

This poem collects runoff

This poem sleeps better than I do

This poem still believes recycling matters

This poem knows how to make good bagels

This poem is off to the races

This poem doesn’t give a rat’s ass

This poem is an egg cream

This poem might be allergic to mosquitoes

This poem awaits the results of the test

This poem counts its blessings

This poem hangs out with Michael McClure’s ghost

This poem is a frozen banana

This poem is shedding

This poem has its roots showing

This poem is a leaning house full of lath and plaster

This poem thinks in shapes

This poem has good bones

This poem has a long tail

This poem won’t take that copay lightly

This poem started on a placemat

This poem watches sliding glass doors

This poem thinks forgiveness might be over-rated

This poem is framed 

This poem dreams of being an elevator

This poem stacks the deck

This poem will never stop missing Audre Lorde

This poem won’t take no for an answer

This poem seeks repatriation

This poem is a rainbow across the street

This poem is locked open

This poem spray painted WAR on a stop sign

This poem is a microchip

This poem prefers thin noodles

This poem paints with a palette knife 

This poem scans for clues

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Diane R. Wiener

Diane R. Wiener (she/they) is the author of The Golem Verses (Nine Mile Press, 2018), Flashes & Specks (Finishing Line Press, 2021), and The Golem Returns (swallow::tale press, 2022). Her poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, Diagrams Sketched on the Wind, Jason’s Connection, the Kalonopia Collective’s 2021 Disability Pride Anthology, and elsewhere. Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe, Mollyhouse, The Abstract Elephant Magazine, and Pop the Culture Pill. Her flash fiction appears in Ordinary Madness; short fiction is published in A Coup of Owls. She has poetry and creative nonfiction forthcoming in eMerge. Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane served as Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Assistant Editor after being Guest Editor for the Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics. Since January 2020, Diane has been the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, housed at Syracuse University.

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4 thoughts on “Something I’m working on”

  1. I loved seeing this. Feels like I’m sitting across the table having a conversation with you, or walking down Fifth Avenue on the way to somewhere good. I also liked the B-52’s at the time. Good to see what you are working on

    Be well! Always thinking of you and remembering good times. I’m happy to be on your list! Nan


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    1. Thank you! What a lovely and wonderful surprise. Thank you, again, Nan. I will always be grateful to you for your role in my life. And, you may be happy to know that I have just returned to social work, full-time—in a school-based day treatment program (with children and youth). I hope that you and yours are well.


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