A PEACHY TIME FOR ALL!
I, Thylias MOSS! –Yes, MOSS!– am so pleased to say, so absolutely delighted to report, that the Detroit Lit Walk, hosted by ML Liebler is TOMORROW!!! I will be reading at 1:00 pm EST, in N’Namdi’s in Detroit. 52 E. Forest Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
19 September 2015!
At last I will get to read my favorite poem in which I claim the name MOSS! –AS MY OWN! –a name I’ve had for 42 years!
I made the mistake of telling the niece of my ex that I could not move forward, while being shackled to the past, so I was letting that baggage go, and one of her cousins pointed out that I was hardly unloading baggage, since I still retained THEIR NAME “MOSS, a name they did not invent, a name to which they hold no copyright, legally mine: IT IS MY NAME! –the IRS knows who I am! –when I was working, my paychecks always were issued to me: THYLIAS MOSS!
I HAVE BEEN SINGLE AS OF 18 September 2013, after being involved with a man for 44 years; I’m 61 right now; yes I married as a teenager; I’m celebrating being single for the first time as an adult…
The poem I’m reading, that peach of a poem at N’NAMDI’S IN DETROIT, HAS A LINE I CAN’T WAIT TO READ!:
“…in fact, I’m named
for this slightly less than magnificent effect
–even rocks put on “moss“
I won’t just be reading: “HIGGINSON MATTERS IN MAGNIFICENT CULTURE OF MYOPIA”, I will be reclaiming my name: “MOSS“! –I will make that name more mine than ever before! –I will be cementing my very identity… Every book I’ve published, and there are ten of them:
–all of my books are by: Thylias MOSS! –including my forthcoming collection: “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code”, New and Selected in which “HIGGINSON MATTERS IN MAGNIFICENT CULTURE OF MYOPIA” will appear in print form! –but tomorrow will be the world premiere of this peach of a poem! –I can’t believe that I even wrote
video poam of the same name
this very magical poem!
I am steadily working on building a new life for myself. Despite what hurts, what helps, and what sometimes does both. I was stupid to stay so long in a relationship I knew wasn’t right practically from the beginning! He was cheating on the teenager me right from the beginning –I found out two weeks after the wedding, and yet I stayed –for forty years… Just glad to have survived and to be out of that marriage… And now… My own poetry is suffering, my new and selected volume due out in the fall of 2016 will contain a variation of a poem (“Magnificent Culture of Myopia“) written while I was married (Published in Tokyo Butter, and my “signature” poem about myopia seems to be about him, and I can’t allow my new book, first book since 2006, to appear to center on him; even my myopia has changed, optic-neuritis, now, part of my MS… I have submitted a revision, and at least it was true at the time of the revision. I can live with more recent –temporary– truth, than I’m willing to live with old truth no longer true at all, and not in my poetry where truest forms of me reside… I remain hopeful that newer temporary truths will prevail so my 2016 “WANNABE HOOCHIE MAMA GALLERY OF REALITIES’ RED DRESS CODE” NEW & selected (emphasis on NEW) –to be published by Persea Books— will steer me towards newer forms of life that I become able to find….
I have learned that my poetry editor agrees with me concerning the revision; a version of the revision WILL BE! in my new collection, my editor at Persea, said the re-vision:”HIGGINSON MATTERS IN MAGNIFICENT CULTURE OF MYOPIA” is
“a ‘very’ impressive poem. Amazing work, you!”
–I could feel it as I wrote it! Embedded in the words and my need for those words to be heard! –and they were!
That tremendous music!
I really had the sense of surviving all of what I’ve been through!
Poetry indeed has such power!
Poetry is saving my life!
The truest forms of me can learn how to breathe again through that poem! My editor read the poem and felt it too!
A surging of current!
A form of merger between multiple ways of trying to understand, trying to see “myopia!”
All books by Thylias MOSS! –and it is Thylias MOSS who will read tomorrow, all who can, please come and take part in this claiming, this embrace of my name! –I t will be a peach of an experience, and I cannot wait for this pleasure, to feel my name warm on my tongue, to shout my name into the audience… It will truly be like naming myself for the very first time,
O the power of a name!
Here’s to “Higginson” whoever he is or isn’t, wherever he is or isn’t –even if I just dreamed him up entirely, he is still a better man for me, especially if he is a man of my dreams –I know how to dream pretty good…