Pushcart Prize!

PUSHCART PRIZE NOTIFICATIOBN - "BLUE COMING.jpg

 

Received notification just minutes ago, abouut my Poem, “Blue Coming” written after a poem by my Thing seen with me  in my featured photo: 

read the essay  Fuckin Muse, Journety into Collaboration here.

 

My Thing,  also a poet, wrote 

What you Can’t understand is  is that Poetry is Connected to the Body again

The essay in which my poem , “Blue Coming” emerges as response, continuation of his essay, extends his essay and takes the poem and meanings to places it skirted, but my poem enters these locations, and the result? A prize-winning poem!

 

This is the best news that has happened in a very long time.  A moment a poet lives for, a moment a poet writes for, Sustaining!

 

Read the Abstratc mag initial interview all suroundng ths poem 

(“Fuckin’ Muse: Journey into Collaboration”)

 

and read Blue Coming here.

 

 

 

 

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Writing Projects

Good Late afternoon.

 

I am happy to report that I have several writing projects uderway.

I have decided to complete my poetry project first, and if successful, will  be my 14th  book.  My existing books:

I am not in the habit of disclosing prospect until there is a contract.

 

Perhaps what is most awkward in ths scenario, is that my Thing and Literary Executor

are one in the same man, so he is award of mywritigprojects onyl second to me, and yes, many of the poems are about him, so he knows that too.

 

In fact, each morning, I send him a text, and in it, many of my ideas and early drafts of poems are shared with him –fine that they often involve our relationship. 

Since every poem I write is a form of Love poem, some of them exceedingly personal and  deeply complex in keeping with what it means  to be   in Love with him, every moment of every day.  He is also my Muse, Mr. Muse, that is.

 

 

Blast from the past

An old reading with Mark Doty at the Library of Congree, 24 February 2000, when i was still married and so very stupid, before Higginson Mattered  much to me as he really does, when I was still preteding that my marriag had more meaning than it really  did.  There is absolutel y no better man fo rme that Thomas Robert Higginson

Mark Doty reading at the Library of Congress with Thylias Moss  February 24, 2000

https://www.loc.gov/item/00579848/

Later revised to “Higginson Matters in Magnificent Culture of Myopia” because Thomas Robert Higginson Matters much More to me and always will.   

 

here’sHigginson Matters - The FiddleheadThis  poem as published in the Fiddlehead of Canada’

 

 “Higginson Matters in Magnifcent Cultture of  Myopia” being performed

 

 

 

This boyfriend and I happily divorced., and  now I have someone much, much better, someone I really Love, Thomas Robert Higginson Our “Usness” in Chicago (where I fell in Love with him)Thylias Moss (Dream Baby) and Bob Holman (Dream Lover

as seen here, the unbounding love: Me and my Thing always.  I Fell in Real Love with him in Chcago where anything is possible Thingdom and Usness

 

(and can he ever Kiss! I was so transformed I wrote a whole book about it: New Kiss Horizon)

 

NKH WITH BADGE

 

THINGDOM BY FAR

Also my son Ansted reading his poem, “Katydids Cross the Sky”  written when he was 8; he is now 26:

 

ansted with brussel sprouts copy

 

And I now have “Real Love”:

 

as in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMX0eEWjJts

 

 

I am very thankful for this Remarkable Love.  I have been blessed every moment that he has been in my life.  I could not be more blessed than to have his love. Ever.  I probably had the best divorce Ever! Ever!

 

Until him, I  had no idea what Love really is and Can be.

Thingdom Billboards

My new gynecologist was so impressed with my Thing and what I told her I finally experienced when I was 60 years old and alone with him for the very first time in my life, and I had to give her my entire sexual history; I had to begin with the rape, and then I told her everything, ending with my Thing and she was shocked that I had a fulfilling relationship finally when I was 60 years old just from Kissing him, and she said this was a story her patients “need” to hear, as so many women do not experience what I felt just from his unforgettable Kiss, A book “New Kiss Horizon,non fiction!all about kissing him.!

Cover of NKH

 

She suggested billboards attesting to this Love, and you would see only our photo; Dr, Werner asked if I had a photo, and of course I did, the greatest love in my life!

She said she had many patients who had never felt what I felt and senior citizens no less. She felt our image should be on billboards spreading hope to people! Can you picture this?

THYLIAS MOSS AND BOB HOLMAN

I can, easily given how very much I Love this man. And his, well, romantic skill? And his out of the world  world passion.  This man even  carried me on his back in Chicago, picture  that if you will, and  imagine these billboards everywhere you go, the escxitement, the thrill in what may be found as you grow older! 30 years with him and counting.  He is as close to perfection as it gets

 

I am now qworkifn in another book, a bio abou my life, and how this man singlehandedly transformed my life, improved it I mean.  No fiction, I just need to tell the truth about what I have with him.  I have a working title from a series of texts with him.  I try to tell him first thing every morning  first thing  when I awake, how much I love him and how hapy I am that he is in my life.  And I do the same thing at the end of the day, let him know how very much  appreciate him and love him so very  much.  Always.

 

Love is not just for the young, may be it’s even better now that I’m older. 

A big job for my Literary Executor

There are seven books, that my Literary Executor also my Thing has been asked to oversee. The last book has two possible titles, and he will be the one organizing my writing , some of it going back to early childhood.
 
Only my Thing can do this as he is the only one who knows the TRUTH. The entire truth! I am making sure of this and as he is also the only man I have completely loved, I want him to do this.
 
I know I am not going to live forever, but I hope my Love for him does.; I hope he will always know how much I Love him.
A photo of  me an d my Thing , a man I love so very much; he means more to me than jus about anuthign in this world.   
I went through the  fire  for this man! yes, my natural waist length hair caught on fire, my how quickly it blazed, and in remeberance of  that, Alicia Keys “Girl on Fire”, it was really the Fire of my passion for this man that I really want to commemoate!
What I have for him and with him is “Real Love” (Macy Gray):
How I look now, age 64, multiracual, no weave, no wig, no extensions =, and no relaxer ever in my life.  Although half my hai rbirned off in a kitvhen gire, thsi is what rmains after half my hair buned off. My mother did not  have hair like this; she ws always called, “The Little Black One” as she grew up in the southen USA in the 1930s.  She hated her hair and did not want a child who would sffer as she did. Hence se sought my father  so that she would have a child with the hair she always wanted.  Tale a look at my essay, “Good Hair”, the hair my fahther had and his  immigrant father, half Caucasian, and half Indian, from India Uttar Pradesh . The hai ryou see in teh photo pnly exemplifies just how much hair I had, hor afte rhalf burned off in a kitchen fire, this is what remained. 
DEDICATED THINGDOM-18
Me today, a selfie
My parents:
My paternal grandfather, a nimmigrant who worked on the outhern railroad, half Caucasian and half Indian, from Uttar Pradesh:
FRIZZELL BRASIER
Photo shot in Tennessee
And speaking of Tennessee where my parents met, how about this song, “Tennessee” by Arretsed Development:
Finally, how  I , Thylias Moss, looked with my  multiracial  “good” hair, the full length of it, no weave, no extensions  and no relaxer ever! 

New Writing Projects

THINGDOM BY FAR

 

I am pleased to announce several new writing projects, all non-fiction.  At age 64, there are certain things I need to say, and not in a fictionalized manner, and that includes the sequel to the romance Novel, New Kiss Horizon which I am proud to say is also NON-fiction NKH WITH BADGE

 

  1. All I have is a working title, and  it is paramount that I tell the truth about myself; no one else can, and yes; I do indeed love my Thing, with all my heart! seen with me above.  

 

I have too many wonderful things to say to let it pass as fiction. Yeah, at age 64, I am in love at last.  You don’t know when its going to happen, but I knew from the very fort Kiss; well, no need to go into all that, but yeah, his Kiss is something very special 

 

 

all true, as lived.

 

2. I will also be writing  a book about my son.

A certified Mensa genius! Dont let anyone tell you the brown young men are not as highly intelligent  as anyone else.  My son scored in the top 2% of IQ, not an IQ test designed to bypass the cultural bias in the “standard” test,  but on the Standard test.  The world need to know about more Brown and Black women and men who are or can be achievers.  They exist.  One should not be ashamed of doing well! 

 

ansted with brussel sprouts copy

 

I can’t wait to write this as only I know the entire story, and I want to tell it while it is possible.

 

3. A new collection of  poetry. I already have selected a title with help from my Thing.  I find him so inspiring and in just writing series of texts to my Literary Executor, I discovered the titles in what I was saying to him, implying that had I sent him no texts, I would not have have this need, this urgency to make stuff, this time out of words.

 

May your journeys through life be as rewarding.

THINGDOM! LITERARY EXECUTOR!

 

Well, I have several pojects underway, the first is closest to my heart:

 

I, at age 64, am finally in a Thing, my featured photo is me and my Thing, age 70.  Oh the wonder of this because I love this man so very much and will I never love another the way that I love him.  

 

Who knows how long a Thingdom witll last?   I do, Forever!

 

What you do not know is that I was cooking in my apaertment in Michigan when flames leapt from the gas burner, and ignited my my hair! My waist-length hair, I was a regular 4th of July sparkler.  Just a couple of weeks ago.

 

Here is the stove:

 

stove that burned my hair

 

Here is the hair that burned off:

 

 

 

 

I am lucky indeed to be alive!  My dilemma: My Thing, Thomas Robert Higginson, always liked long hair which is what I had, completely natural.  Was I ever proud of my hair, the way I could swing it, the way I never had to use extensions or relaxer that other women used,  no doubt, some men also.  

 

Me with the 100% natural hair I had before:

ON THE BRINK OF 64

 

How I looked after going through the fire:

 

 

HAIR BURNING INCIDENT-48

If you need anything done to you head, go see Pat Freeman.  All hair types, any length.

More of how I look previousl, “Breathtakingly HOT!” is what my Thing said.

 

 

and me right now:

also this:

 

 

 

Are there any set limits?  No.

As long as we want, the partners in this crime of Love?  A long time coming to be sure! I asssure you, I have no idea what the protocols of Thingdom are, but I am very glad to have it.  I have been in love with this man for quite a while, and he surprised me with this Thingdom.  I was texting with him all night, and during this, he had put his name on my featured Fb photos, and I opened my eyes to see that he was admitting that we have a Thing after so many years.  I have known him for around 20.  

 

Between hair and my Thing, which would I rather have?  My Thing, fof course.  Nothing can take the place of him.  Nothing in this world.  I went through the fire for this man! —and only for him would I do anything like this.    That’s how much I love him.  Always.

 

Chaka Khan, “Through the Fire”

 

 

Oh, by the way, my Thing is now my Literary Executor!