Jules Henderson is a Writing MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco where she studies under D.A. Powell, Bruce Snider, Brynn Saito, and Rachel Richardson. Her work has appeared at The Paradise Review, The Bookends Review, The Social Poet, The Drunken Odyssey, and in Words Fly Away, a collection of poems that address the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
In this episode of Cover to Cover with . . ., Editor-in-Chief Jordan Blum chats with Henderson about her piece “Ad Vitam,” studying under such accomplished writers, the intersectionality of poetry and music, and more!
– Jules Henderson…
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven;
a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,
and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
It is but an assumption—Mary, in readying herself to
die, began to cradle the earth in her feet. Remedy for
flesh and bone as fragrant as the blooms that dared to
endure in August. As in the third hour—but all the time,
more endured than imagined: white poppy, hyacinth,
dandelion. That Mary forgot not the pink of her finger
and thumb once able to fathom thorns into roses for
plucking. Stars from within the splintering of the cross.
What better to impart unto paradise but the attendance
of her eyes? The eternalness of dirt on her tongue?
For Mary knew, upon seeing the very fact of her face,
God would reap sympathy for the Heavens. How deftly
He moved the blood, the bile, the vessels: the spit. How
deftly too the Heavens misted at Mary’s composure.
That from her rib—an epiphany, of grass, soil, root, germ:
rain. So it is more than an assumption—Helen, in cupping
the sting of her husband’s suicide in her hands, beheld
Mary, but once, weeping at the altar.…
The bearded lady
at the freak show
never got your
and now that
Koko the Killer Clown is dead
the freak show is not
worth the $5 admission
there is no guide
and jester left
to give meaning
to the front house receipts
…………a revolutionary age
of transgressive days
where from the top
of the Wonder Wheel
you can see
and the green valleys
– John Greiner…
Mindy Kronenberg is the publisher and editor of Book/Mark: A Quarterly Small Press Review (located in Miller Place, New York.) It welcomes inquiries and 500-950 word reviews of small press books, which it publishes in hard copy. Mindy’s work appears in many journals and anthologies. Feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When did Book/Mark: A Quarterly Small Press Review begin? What are some of the places it has archived?
We’ve been around since 1994, and archived with the NY Public Library, Poets House in NYC, William and Mary College (Williamsburg, Virginia). We’re also listed with the Critics Circle Guide, International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses, The Writer’s Handbook (distributed through the Suffolk Cooperative Library System) and the Community of Literary Magazines and Pressed (CLMP).
What kinds of books are reviewed, including nonfiction, poetry, and others? Have you seen a rise in memoir?
We are very eclectic and like to bring attention to a variety of genres/styles coming out of the small and independent press arena: poetry, fiction, criticism, nonfiction, history, politics, science, children’s literature, and yes, memoir. There has been great interest in memoir and personal narratives. We also include books from university presses, cooperative publishers, and occasionally, self-published books that deserve attention.…