Monday, January 15, 2007


I am proud to be a small part of the inaugural issue of ~*~WOMB~*~, a new online journal for poetries by women (but for everybody), just launched today.

Click below to check out the issue, edited by Michelle Detorie, which includes poetry (a wide range from visual to experimental), as well as an extensive list of links and resources:


Speaking of wombs . . . mine is contracting many, many times today, and for the past few days. I do this. I contract earlier and earlier with each pregnancy (I still have 12 weeks to go!), and if I go into the hospital, the contractions inevitably stop and I am sent home with condescending looks. I guess I'll drink lots of water, put my feet up, watch the Golden Globes, and pretend I don't have a bag full of papers to check . . .

Speaking of wombs . . .

Nick And The Candlestick

by Sylvia Plath

I am a miner. The light burns blue.
Waxy stalactites
Drip and thicken, tears

The earthen womb

Exudes from its dead boredom.
Black bat airs

Wrap me, raggy shawls,
Cold homicides.
They weld to me like plums.

Old cave of calcium
Icicles, old echoer.
Even the newts are white,

Those holy Joes.
And the fish, the fish-
Christ! They are panes of ice,

A vice of knives,
A piranha
Religion, drinking

Its first communion out of my live toes.
The candle
Gulps and recovers its small altitude,

Its yellows hearten.
O love, how did you get here?
O embryo

Remembering, even in sleep,
Your crossed position.
The blood blooms clean

In you, ruby.
The pain
You wake to is not yours.

Love, love,
I have hung our cave with roses.
With soft rugs-

The last of Victoriana.
Let the stars
Plummet to their dark address,

Let the mercuric
Atoms that cripple drip
Into the terrible well,

You are the one
Solid the spaces lean on, envious.
You are the baby in the barn.


Blogger Michelle e o said...

J, I had no idea you were pregnant! Congrats and best of health and happiness.

Congrats on WOMB too, excellent news.

Wow, I feel like I've been away for....well almost 9 months =)

I love this poem Plath is one of my favorites.

10:57 PM, January 15, 2007  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Hi Michelle - so glad you're here!

#3 is due in April - thanks for the well wishes.

WOMB is excellent, and this was my first time reading this Plath poem - stunning.

6:51 AM, January 16, 2007  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Congratulations on Womb!!

7:28 AM, January 16, 2007  
Blogger Anna Greene said...


I enjoyed yesterday's poem as well.

1:34 PM, January 16, 2007  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Thanks Pat and Anna!

5:22 PM, January 16, 2007  
Anonymous prettysparrow said...

it was good to see you post on my manah manah... i missed you, and didn't remember the web address to get here! now i have it, and you can follow me to the new blog i set up!

~prettysparrow who used to have her head in an oven

10:05 PM, January 16, 2007  

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