Trembling Pillow Press is a New Orleans based publishing outfit run by poet Megan Burns since 2006. Its mission is to publish contemporary authors whose works are vitally important to the poetry community. Trembling Pillow Press has published dozens of broadsides and post cards featuring New Orleans based poets and artists as well as national writers. Trembling Pillow Press has also published three issues of YAWP: A Journal of Poetry and Art, three issues of Solid Quarter Poetry Magazine, poetry chapbooks and over 28 full length collections of poetry in addition to one Spoken Word CD; all available for purchase online and at our partner bookstores. Trembling Pillow Press endeavors to continue to publish first books from emerging authors as well as marginalized texts that have either gone out of print or that have had trouble finding a publishing house. 2017 will mark the 11th year of Trembling Pillow Press’ publishing efforts in New Orleans.

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press. She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival. She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Her third book, Commitment, was published in 2015. Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016.

Conditions

 

know you came for a type of cinder
burnt we speak desire, do it not with your hands
on me/ I can’t hold two thoughts at once like fictions
Lacan posits between people & also firing
my body rises, pressure of your hand
guiding my hip towards you, pulled oar
to steer so an island where I prisoner
sound loosened when your mouth releases me
what I want to say is a list of reasons to keep me
safe/ moored in silence, your thumb brushes
across the surface of my bottom lip where words
accrue, not falling but I hold language a perfect
line of temper in placid waters & wonder unfamiliar
men bargain for ways inside just to plenty & there
a dipping that pulls torrents: I’m tired of writing
love fails. falters. how many risks to poem.
a word rises, lust cages. a city
of drowning undoes us. under cement, a topography of neglect.
the way I forget my body has a name
the way I forget to guard borders. you put shiny trinkets
along the top of the fishbowl of loneliness & a lure
bitens, the water changes/ water’s shape palming you doesn’t
& so I river and catch call this basin between
I want you to want me & I want you
one of these things I know for sure
you draw me with one finger, by and by, coast
what you wish to rupture, land slips to part sea
& out of once upon a time comes everything we imagine moving forward 

MEGAN BURNS