The Conversant, Interview • White Stockings

Back in March, I was interviewed for The Conversant by Virginia Konchan. We discussed my new poetry collection, White Stockings, identity and displacement, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Interview here.  

Book Release • White Stockings

Since 2004, Ukraine has been locked in a struggle with Russia to maintain autonomy—be it via puppet government officials, propaganda, or bloodshed. To date, more than 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died defending their right to be independent. As a Lithuanian-American with some Ukrainian roots, I am deeply disturbed as I watch this series…

Cinepoetry Teaser • White Stockings

I’ve been tirelessly working on a new poetry manuscript called White Stockings for the last year (since the unrest erupted in Ukraine). As a Lithuanian-American, I strongly support Ukraine’s right to independence. I stand with many in the Baltic countries who are banning together to back the Ukrainian people. My contribution is small, it is an artistic/poetic…

Sheep Year

Sheep year is time to heal after the chaos of 2014’s Horse year. What is of value now is intimacy, family and close friendships. We can be more caring, kind and sensitive with each other. Develop a gentle heart, open to love and acceptance on all levels. Another theme of Sheep year is to express…

Cosmic Points

“The universe is an infinite sphere, the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.”

Missionary Okiagari

Now this quiet seems quiet. Now these pallid proclivities. Now I swallow hard behind the chickadee tree, institutional glass, ugly starfruits. Now little Poetry Priest gets up. Now thick, round rainmaker tightens laces woven through bootholes. Now seahorses swallowing my toes. Now here’s your big brash girl— with a spadix in her teeth, wanting so much.   Okiagari-koboshi, “the…

Language Straddle

6 – Do you have any theoretical concerns behind your writing? What kinds of questions are you trying to answer with your work? What do you even think the current questions are? Russian sociolinguist Bakhtin wrote of heteroglossia, the idea of language hierarchy or conflict within the mind and how it influences language decisions. This meant…

Neovascular Petals As Our Love Wanes

  Pistils, blunt florets here at rest and in motion your tender components organic and aqueous your voice sweet pollen in my lungs like pending interrogatives   The geometry of your blooming eyes is a spider under an atom bomb running your perfect brush across me   shut off as a Cadillac mastodon over my…

May All Beings Enjoy Happiness (Maitri Says)

Each day is a rabbit. Everything is an uncomfortable list; it is everything that is uncomfortable, this is the point. Hummingbird, whale, rabbit, deer, dog, goldfinch—there is never any future point, there is just now and the next thing. A crown brain. The next cradle mole burrowing, the next thing: pain. The next thing: seed….

Quantum Poetics: Jacket2 • Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star

Amy Catanzano, author of Starlight in Two Million, discusses poets whose works use science (“from [the perspective of the] investigative, speculative, conceptual, documentary, and more) to “science as a form of address to and from the notion of the other.” My work is featured at the end of this insightful piece and a poem line…

Writing to the Ukraine via Lithuania

I’m writing a new poetry chapbook and it addresses what is happening in Ukraine from the perspective of a Lithuanian-American (as we watch news events unfold daily, the West and Russia’s once-somewhat-civil ties unravel). I’m using the metaphor of lack of clarity (or vision, or even precision) via a mythological group of female Baltic snipers….

Spoken Word EP • OPAQUE LUNACY

I uploaded 23 tracks from my OLD OLD spoken word EP, Opaque Lunacy here. Opaque Lunacy was a spoken word project from 2004-2008. I am reading poems here from a never-released collection (23 poems). The quality is just ok (I did most of the mixing myself and I’m not a sound engineer by any means)!

SPINY News

Word from my publisher at Mutable: SPINY RETINAS is going to be ready for your consumption by May! Very excited about the release of this book. I wrote it in 2006/2007/2008 and I waited for the universe to send me the right press to publish this wacky epic prose poem. Stay tuned!

Poetry + Place: My Work @ Atticus Review

Here’s a delightful blurb about poetry & place by me. Here’s an interview about poetry & place featuring me and Larry Sawyer. Here’s some of my poy-ems dealing with dream places/spaces.

Updated Poetry News: 2014

So I have a few back-dated as well as TBD announcements: 1. December 2013: the awesome Brian Lucas (Oakland, CA)—who puts together a lovely project called POETBOOK—published a few of my poems from Professional Poetry (accompanied with cool visuals). Check it out here. 2. Requited Journal poems here. These poems were from my e-pub, HONEY…

Professional Poetry Available on Amazon

My newest book, Professional Poetry, is now available on Amazon. Like, right now. Buy it up, share with friends, rejoice in its instructional and compelling wonder. Become a part of it, live it, feel it, own it. Wrap yourself in its luxuriousness. Get crazy with it. Slap yourself with it. Then love it some more. Poetry…

The Ascension of James Pate

Review of James Pate’s The Fassbinder Diaries (CCM, 2013) by Lina ramona Vitkauskas To view a Fassbinder film: You must possess simultaneous restlessness and patience (as in life) You must be prepared to watch characters continue on paths they seemed doomed to repeat, self-destruct once they break free (as in life, perhaps helplessly watching a…