My poem "Hudson" (written at The Home School in Hudson, NY) appears in the digital edition of the 2 Horatio chapbook. The 2 Horatio chapbook is a compilation of work from a community of poets, all of whom are somehow connected to the poet and teacher Elaine Sexton. I've worked with Elaine and many of the poets featured here over the past few years, and it is a joy to come together from time to time for chapbook publications or readings. You can flip through the chapbook here.
It's somewhat poignant to think about Hudson now as I've been reading John Ashbery for the past few days and thinking about Ashbery's poetry and the itinerant path I needed to take to love his work.
Brief publication news: my Tom Waits poem “All The World Is Green” (based on the song) was just published in Issue 15 of the Berlin-based SAND Journal. I was stunned and honored to see my work included in an issue alongside the sublime Norwegian novelist Dag Solstad (read him). Many thanks to Greg Nissan and everyone else at SAND for picking up my poem and their stunning work on the new issue. You can order a copy here. And I will be eagerly awaiting my own package from Germany.
Happy to have a selection of new pieces in two of my favorite literary magazines. The beautiful Colorado Review includes my poem "Clepsydra" in their Spring 2017 issue, which you can purchase online. I snapped a photo of the poem so if you'd rather not buy the entire issue (though you should because it's fantastic), you can read it on my Instagram.
And I have two new poems up on Vinyl: "The House of Snakes and Avocado Skin" and "Starved Solitaire." You can read both online. Then please go read everything Vinyl has ever published--they consistently post exciting original work.
Many thanks to the editors of these fantastic journals!
The world is a dark, absurd place but poetry lives, and this week, a number of my poems appeared in journals I love. It seems that I'm either not publishing anything for months or everything comes out at the same time.
First, my poem "Dead Flags" appears in the fall/winter '16 issue of Sugar House Review. You can preview the new issue and download it here. Some time ago, I discovered the work of Ivan Grubanov, a fantastic young Serbian artist from the cultural sphere of former Yugoslavia. His work with dead/discontinued flags is what inspired this particular poem but his entire body of work is fascinating to me. Please do check it out. I hope to see him in the U.S. one of these days.
My poem "Black Friday at Green-Wood cemetery" is out in the new issue of Salamander, which you can order here. And you can read my poem on Insta. Salamander is a wonderful journal to return to--it's great to publish with them again. All my thanks to Jennifer Barber and the other editors.
Last of all, my poem "Red Sails" appears in the winter 2016-17 issue of Canary. I love Canary for its singular focus on environmental issues and this poem is about climate change. Read it here. Many thanks to Gail Entrekin for accepting such a sad piece.
Poetry is a beautiful way to close out this tumultuous, dark year. I am now retreating to sleep, drink wine, and read my Olav H. Hauge.
Happy winter solstice, happy holidays, happy new year.
And I think the autumn issue of beautiful Irish journal The Moth is out now, too. Check it out here. It includes my poem "Membrane," a meditation on autumn, wars, Hemingway, and a stranger I met at the Morgan Library. Many thanks to editor Rebecca O'Connor, The Moth, and Ireland in general.
Gratitude to Jessica June Rowe and Brianna J.L. Smyk for picking up the piece. These folks are lovely--I can't support them enough. If you're in LA, check them out at AWP on Wednesday night, and if not, you can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.
March opens with longer days and some fantastic poetry news.
Two of my poems, “The Year of the Sheep” and “The Length of Leningrad,” are online in the newest issue of Posit. Kindest thanks to Susan Lewis for generously accepting my poems and her wonderful work on the current issue. The featured art is gorgeous—I encourage you to check it out. You can read my pieces here.
And I came home last night to pick up the current issue of New South, which includes my poem “Dorothy Parker.” You can take a look at the contributors and the gorgeous green cover art. Many thanks to the editors.
I'm absolutely thrilled to have two new poems, "Glossolalia" and "Vertigo," in the 2016 issue of gorgeous Stockholm-based magazine Two Thirds North, which you can read and/or purchase online. Art transcends boundaries and it's a privilege to join so many global literary voices for a truly transnational experience. Many thanks to Adnan Mahmutovic and Paul Schreiber for the beautiful issue.
I have a poem in the new issue of the exceptionally beautiful Salamander. I don't have a physical copy in my hands yet but you can see the contributor list (and the gorgeous cover) here.
Sincere thanks, as always, to the editors.
There is now a cool video collage of a reading I did a few weeks ago with the fantastic poets Joseph O. Legaspi and José Guadalupe Olivarez as part of the The World's Oldest Ship reading series at J+B Design & Cafe in Brooklyn. It was an absurdly good time and I'm grateful to everyone who came out. Thank you to J+B for hosting & keeping me warm with yuzu ginger lemon drinks. Thank you to the lovely Susan Brennan for inviting us to read, organizing the event, and being a general warm presence.
And thank you to Fumio Tashiro (Water Brain) for the musical accompaniment and for this beautiful video. You can check it out here (it's short). Music is by Julius Hoessel and Fumio Tashiro, and video projections by Miho Morita.
The gorgeous Issue 2 of Prelude magazine is out! Prelude is one of the most exciting poetry magazines out there, in my unqualified opinion. I'm pleased to have one of my Paris poems included in the company of so many fantastic poets. Check it out here.
Kindest thanks to Stu Watson and Rob Crawford for accepting the piece.
It's November in the city and almost 70 degrees. Autumn is lovely.
The new issue of DIALOGIST, an online magazine of poetry and art, is now live. I'm thrilled to have a new poem called "Birthday" in it. You can even listen to a recording of me reading the piece: http://dialogist.org/v3i1-maja-lukic
Thanks to Michael Loruss and DIALOGIST for picking up the poem!
I’m pleased to announce that my poem “Nantes” is being published in a limited-edition chapbook this fall. The 2Horatio Chapbook was conceived in, and is a celebration of, my teacher Elaine Sexton’s fantastic and illuminating private poetry workshops. It includes poems from the many writers who have passed through or are still a part of Elaine’s workshop group or who have somehow mentored the writers in the group. Elaine has also contributed a poem, and her beautiful new poetry collection Prospect/Refuge is out now from Sheep Meadow Press so, shameless promotion.
To celebrate the publication, there’s a launch reading tomorrow night, Oct. 21, at the NYPL, Jefferson Market Branch, 425 6th Avenue. The reading is from 6 to 8 pm. Show up early to talk to a bunch of poets. Disclosure: it’s a marathon reading with 20+ poets, but I will keep my pieces short.
There will be copies of the chapbook for sale at the reading, but for anyone unable to attend or purchase, below is the text of my poem. I wrote it en route to Nantes, France this past spring, obviously. Hope to see you tomorrow night.
thousands of miles
& three hours of sleep
later, distance arrives
first & beautiful
waiting at a loud station,
Atlantic ice lucid, thick
Air France coffee keeping
me a marionette unwound
something sank into the
ocean on the way over,
love scaled the altitude,
shimmered in the turbulence
& the hours ran ahead
of me to wait at the
Charles de Gaulle gates--
fencing with questions
from friends, how
to explain that trains
are never lost in their
crawl across geography
the twilight in Nantes is
riddled with quiet, a lattice-
work of telephone wires
with strange birds on them
& no one is as real
as the knots & nests
tangled in branches
cutting the nude lilac sky
when the red brick
rooftops layer into
an impasto of sleep,
I am left thinking among
yellow mimosa sprays
& pink paper roses,
that alone arrives
last & beautiful
I'm thrilled to announce that two new poems ("Expats" and "For Zeus, In Summer") are out now in the summer 2015 issue of the beautiful Chiron Review, which you can order here in print or ebook format: http://www.chironreview.com/current-issue/ Kindest thanks to the editors at Chiron Review for including my work in their journal, which has a long and varied history of publishing both large and unknown names in poetry. You can guess where I fall on that continuum.
"Expats," in particular, plays with threads of pathos and raw memory. The piece is about my family leaving Croatia in the early 1990s before war broke out in the region. Good to see it in print.
I have a new poem called "A Neon Height" in the Summer 2015 issue of Rust + Moth, written after Adam Zagajewski's gorgeous and quiet poem "At Midnight." This was one of those workshop exercises that extended into an altogether different way of thinking about and structuring the content of a piece. Thank you to the Rust + Moth editors for publishing the piece!
In other news, I will be doing a reading with some fantastic poets next Monday, May 11 at 6:45 p.m at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery. It's a Prelude magazine event and their readings are never not fun. I was fortunate enough to have a poem in Prelude a few months back and am thrilled to be reading with some of the other contributors. Stop by if you're free.
Prelude, a fresh and exciting new poetry and criticism magazine (and one of my favorite websites), published my poem "Alphabet City" today. A sincere thanks to Rob Crawford and Prelude for accepting the piece. Read the whole thing here and then lose the rest of the afternoon browsing other strange and beautiful poems on their site by John Ashberry, Adam Fitzgerald, and the like.