I am delighted to announce my new book, Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed, is published by Stubborn Mule Press!
Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed contains sections of 23 pages of poetry each from Dianne Borsenik, Juliet Cook, Puma Perl, and Jeanette Powers.
In Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed, I continue the poetry journey that began in Raga for What Comes Next (published by Stubborn Mule Press in January, 2019), with many new poems written this year specifically for this collection. I actually wrote one of them four days after the deadline for the manuscript!
Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed features gorgeous cover art "Alone at Night" by Amy Scherer and superb edits by Linzi Garcia. This book is 116 pages long, and is only $15 (plus $3 for postage)! In the words of my publisher, you will be reading the works of "four radical femme poets"! Oooh, baby!
I've included the PayPal link here, and I've also posted a PayPal link on this website (right column). You can order the book directly from me, and I'll be happy to sign it for you!
I've just returned from Yellow Springs, Ohio, where I attended the Ohio Poetry Association's Sun & Moon Poetry Festival at Glen Helen Nature Preserve--the event was fabulous! We read, workshopped, and hiked our poems. Earlier this week, I also performed at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, and at Poetry Plus at Art on Madison in Lakewood. I'm honored to have several more poetry events scheduled in September, October, and November of this year. I'm taking a break from reading very far from home during December, January, and February (I do have one reading in Amherst, Ohio, in February), but I'll begin traveling again in March. I hope you'll join me at these events to celebrate the living art of poetry!
Dianne's 2019 - 2020 Book Tour
FireFish Festival 2019
September 21, 2019
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Lorain, Ohio
Poetry performances on stage — Dianne Borsenik, Kelly Boyer Sagert, Debra Rose, and others to be announced. Dianne will be reading from 2 to 2:20 p.m.
Art & Performance Poetry
October 25, 2019
Art & Performance Center of West Toledo
2702 W. Sylvania Ave.
Dianne Borsenik will be reading from her two new Stubborn Mule Press books, Raga for What Comes Next, and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed. Leonard Kress will also feature read. Jonie McIntire hosts this event.
Broadsides & Ephemera
November 14, 2019
13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Dianne Borsenik will read from her new books, Raga for What Comes Next and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed.
Borderlands: Poetry on the Edge
November 16, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.
Main Street Books
104 N. Main Street
Host Llalan Fowler
Dianne Borsenik will read from her new Stubborn Mule Press books, Raga for What Comes Next and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed. John Burroughs will read from his new Venetian Spider Press book, Rattle and Numb. Open mic will follow; light refreshments in attendance.
Streetlight Imaginations: Poets Read from Recent Books
November 23, 2019
2 pm to 4:30 pm
Cuyahoga County Public Library
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
NightBallet Press travels to South Euclid, OH, to co-present, along with John Burroughs and Crisis Chronicles Press, a selection of NBP and CCP poets. Hear from eight poets, all with recently published books.
Lisa & Sean Thomas Dougherty
Julio Montalvo Valentin
The Poetry Forum
November 25, 2019
Bossy Grrls Pin-Up Joint
2598 N. High St.
Columbus, OHHosted by Steve Abbott & Rose M. Smith
What fun it will be to see all my Columbus area friends again at this longest-running poetry series in Ohio! I will be reading from my two new (2019) books, Raga for What Comes Next, and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed...plus, I promise, some brand-new poems written just for the occasion!
Poetry and Open Mic at the Bistro
February 8, 2020
5 pm to 7:30 pm
254 Park Ave.
Dianne Borsenik will feature read from her new Stubborn Mule Press books Raga for What Comes Next and Heaven We Haven't Yet Dreamed. Open mic will follow. Hosted by Debra Rose.
Music & Drama Club of Cleveland
May 14, 2020
Details to be announced
Words & Wine
May 20, 2020
Hosted by Margie DeLong
details to be announced
Friday, June 7, in Kent, Ohio, the 2019 Edith Chase Symposium "Resurrection River" reading will take place, featuring
L. J. Graham
Laura Grace Weldon
Stephanie L. Stearns
Maj Ragain, as read by LuAnn Csernotta
David J. Adams
I am honored to be reading with this fine collection of poets from across Ohio. This performance, recognizing and honoring the Cuyahoga River, will begin at 4 p.m. sharp in the Wick Poetry Park (located by the Wick Poetry Center, 126 S. Lincoln Street, Kent). Parking is available across the street in the parking lot of the Kent State Fashion Museum. In case of rain, we'll be gathering at the Wick Poetry Center.
This event will also feature the release of the new Resurrection River Poems anthology. The cover design and art, shown in the photograph above, is by Rachel Bishop and Audrey Bishop. Many, many, thanks to RC Wilson, who has deftly organized both the anthology and the reading, and who has given me the opportunity to be a part of both.
There will be an Opening Reception for River Stanzas at the Kent State Downtown Art Gallery, 141 E. Main Street, Kent, following the reading. The Opening Reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Please join us for a truly remarkable afternoon of poetry!
I am SO excited about this news...
as we move forward into this New Year, my full-length collection of poetry,
Raga for What Comes Next,
has been accepted by Stubborn Mule Press
and is slated for publication this month, January, 2019!
This is the gorgeous front cover, designed by Jeanette Powers, photo by Jon Lee Grafton!
Raga for What Comes Next is seventy-four pages long, and contains forty-eight poems separated into four sections: Sitar, Shenai, Bansuri, and Tabla. The poems include many of the ekphrastic pieces I've written in response to art in Heights Arts Gallery and the Erie Arts Gallery. Also included are the poems "Sitting Next to Paul McCartney in Bomba's One Week After the Autumnal Equinox," "Paul Simon Sees Angels in the Architecture, But I See Scooby Doo in a Flake of Rust," and the performance piece "If the Son of a Motherless Goat Tries to Stare You Down." Many of the poems contained within are recent and unpublished. When Stubborn Mule accepted my manuscript on December 22, it was like getting an early Christmas present. When I hold them in my hands at my book release January 24, it will be like getting an early birthday present—I'll turn sixty-four on February 2!
The Color of Oxygen
"Singing is like a celebration of oxygen."—Björk
Tree releases oxygen,
which becomes a raga.
Earth sings in tabla of thunder,
the bansuri of wind.
Birds pluck the strings, multi-tonic
melody in ascent, descent.
Each time it rains, another
Nicole Robinson read the manuscript and wrote this about Raga:
Dianne Borsenik’s Raga for What Comes Next
offers a framework of poems that burn with wit and wisdom. We learn to rely on
the improvisational style of these poems: their turns, their moments between
moments where – upon a closer look – empty is not so empty. Even a discarded
bottle has “a shaft of sunlight” to refill it. Borsenik shows us how we
all have an “unspooling of identity,” both individually and as a community. But
she also reminds us – with sharp imagery and musical riffs that lift from the
page – that we return to ourselves and must wait for what comes next.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait in the unknown alone. We have these poems –
that sing with music, art, and pop-culture – to show us the joy, beauty, and
fun that exists in our waiting.—Nicole Robinson, poet, writer
And Puma Perl wrote:
Ragas, jazz, Dylan, Björk, oxygen,
Japanese legends, Lennon, McCartney, origami, Tarantino, Michelle Obama. I
could go on in listing the inspirations Borsenik provides, tied together in
four parts, each one an instrument that contributes to the rhythms. From the
sitar to the tabla, the poems read like a double album, one you will play many
times, finding something new with each listen. As Borsenik concludes, “the real
prize is not knowing.”—Puma Perl, poet, author of Retrograde
Many thanks to Jeanette Powers and Jason Ryberg for this sparkly miracle! I love the cover, and the formatting is beautiful and sleek. We are working on final edits now. The plan is to have it in my hands in time for my big reading in Lorain, Ohio, on January 24th, 2019.
We're No Angels will be presented at Speak of the Devil between 6:30 and 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 24th, 2019. Speak of the Devil, a craft-cocktail bar, is located at 201 West 5th Street, Lorain, Ohio. The team behind the bar at Speak of the Devil excels at their craft, and the drinks will make you think you're in heaven. You also may order kick-ass pizza at SotD.
We're No Angels is a free event and is open to the public. You'll want to get there early, as there are only so many seats and tables available!
We're No Angels will be a poetry performance, not a reading! We are John Burroughs (nationally touring poet and founder of Crisis Chronicles Press), Dianne Borsenik (poet, publisher/editor at NightBallet Press), and Dave Lucas ( current Poet Laureate of Ohio). Together, we plan to rock your world!
This will be a landmark event; it will be Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas' first reading this far west of Cleveland!
We are also planning a very important announcement concerning...well, we don't want to spoil the surprise. You'll just have to be there to hear it.
I am grateful for all the opportunities this new year offers. I am grateful for Stubborn Mule Press and Speak of the Devil. I am grateful for dear friends and loved ones. I am grateful for James, who has made my life a happy raga. I am grateful to be alive, well, and writing poetry another year.
My wish is that your New Year sparkles with bright sequins of love, light, and opportunity, and that the confetti of happiness and dreams-come-true inundates you. Happy 2019, my friends.