Rainbow Book Fair

Come celebrate LGBTQ presses and writers on Saturday, April 29th at THE RAINBOW BOOK FAIR!!!

Located at John Jay College 524 W. 59th St in NYC from 12pm-6pm

I will be with great weather for MEDIA selling poetry books and reading some of my poems sometime between 1-2pm.

Hope to see you there!

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Also Tonight: EMOTIVE FRUITION Pride Edition

Two of my poems will be featured in tonight’s show read by incredibly talented actors!

EMOTIVE FRUITION

A live poetry event that celebrates 
our lives, our bodies, our love.

EMO FRU’S PRIDE POETRY SHOW!

Performed by a cast that includes
Michael Potts & Jason C. Brown
Directed by Thomas Dooley
Thursday, June 23 @ 7:30pm
Botanic Lab, 86 Orchard Street, NYC


Featuring the poems of Rickey Laurentiis, Jason Schneiderman, Julia Guez, Jerome Murphy, Zef Lisowski, David Groff, Jee Leong Koh, Mason Bolton, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Aimee Herman, G. David Ramirez, Sarah Sala, Thomas March, Justin Bond, Ryan Dzelzkalns, Diana Roffman, Brandon Menke, and Brad Vogel.


About Us

Lambda Literary believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read.
 
Emotive Fruition is a downtown reading series that brings actors to the stage to interpret new page poetry written by New York poets. 

Review of “meant to wake up feeling”

Thank you to Blotterature and Lily Rex for reviewing my latest book of poetry, “meant to wake up feeling” published by great weather for MEDIA.

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Meant to Wake Up Feeling, Aimee Herman
Great Weather for MEDIA, 2014
ISBN:978-0985731748
Reviewed by Lily Rex

Aimee Herman’s Meant to Wake Up Feeling will have you afraid that someone in a crowded train station is reading over your shoulder. So, you read it in your own house late at night, and with your heart racing you promise never to admit to anyone how deeply parts of it resonated with you. The grace, honesty, and bravery with which she addresses issues that many won’t touch with a ten-foot pole will shake you to the core.

Herman’s poetry collection is a living, breathing thing that not only explores “[e]xist[ing] within abstraction,” but makes you feel it. Like a body, some of these works are so personal and surreal a reader is left yearning. Her flow and voice shine through, yet the images play hide and seek—the reader can relate to having scars, to hopelessness, but is also left to wonder what inspired this exact combination and not quite sure how it would all look in real life. Take this excerpt from “geographical discourse.”

and the oil which never dries like the scars which never melt like puddles into gravel into choreographed body. perhaps none of this is directed.

In her bio, Herman describes herself as a warrior for the dismantling of gender. She is definitely deserving of the title. Her fearless comments on gender and the body, focused through the lens of her own struggles, are gutsy but skillful. Poems like “dirty pieces of nothingness” touches on how a body can be treated in public.

these legs have become an impossibility
these breasts have become a questionable activity
these elbows have become a cough or
hazardous choke
these fingers a tangle
these feet are a distress

“pretend away the cupboards” is a monologue of what not to say to someone who expresses their gender in a way most aren’t used to, and struggling to feel like they are in the right body.

You hoard stamps and amputated limbs from rejected genealogy. Your inconsistencies make others uncomfortable…All I am really asking is this. Don’t politicize your gestures. Don’t flatten what should be lifted and gawked at. Don’t hide your pretty.

Many poems lack traditional punctuation like periods and commas. The lesser used items on your keyboard, like numbers and parentheses, take their places. Even struck-through words and mathematical formulas abound in Herman’s work. These elements that seem to make the book inaccessible are purposely used to convey that we sometimes struggle to understand each other’s bodies.

Her language is stripped to a raw form that sometimes sounds callous and bare like a set of directions. Sentences are often missing helping verbs, possessives, and articles. There is also a lack of direct or indirect objects. Her work rumbles with all-encompassing body positivity and introspection. Take these lines from “sadness from being a girl.”

the way we disguise bodies can easily be defined as
approachable or
digestible

Her work is not comfortably approachable or easily digestible for most, but it wouldn’t be right any other way.

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH AIMEE HERMAN

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When I moved to Brooklyn the first time, I went to an open mic at a bookstore that seemed mythical to me. It was full of more queer studies books I’ve ever seen in one place. They had an erotica section that spanned more than just a shelf! They had a place for people to sell their homemade zines and an extremely well-stocked poetry section. Bluestockings will always be my favorite bookshop to visit. It is quite impossible for me to enter without leaving with at least one book.

In their mission statement, they call themselves a radical bookstore, creating a space that empowers all people. They “actively support movements that challenge hierarchy and all systems of oppression, including but not limited to patriarchy, heterosexism, the gender binary, white supremacy, racism, ableism and classism, within society as well as our own movements.” It is powerful to walk inside a public space and feel heard.

Within the past few years, I have been extremely lucky to have performed at this space several times. But what I have always wanted is to feature for this open mic, which lead me there for the first time. Hosted by Vittoria Repetto since 1999, the Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mic encourages people to perform (up to) 8 minutes of poetry, prose, songs, and spoken word. I am deeply excited to be featured this month with Ilka Scobie.

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday Feb 25th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Aimee Herman & Ilka Scobie

Aimee Herman’s poetics deconstruct the architecture of gender and bodies. Aimee experiments with the language of bones, crack them open, count the syllables stuffed inside, and smear what translates onto the page.

Ilka Scobie’s poems are written through the filter of being a feminist, native New Yorker, traveller and teacher.”A passionate song to the city in all its stripped down, scaffolded, merciless and brave beauty.” Janine Pommy Vega

$5 suggested donation

Bluestockings Bookstore     172 Allen St. NYC   (between Staton & Rivington)