Two of my poetry comics appear in Barrelhouse The Unintentionally Grim Issue #16, which had it's debut at AWP 2017——and has since sold out. Huge thanks to comic editor Killian Czuba for accepting these as poetry comics. I made these in the cold residency house in Wales. Get a preview of these 2 pieces.
I met Alex Rothman, the fantastic editor of Ink Brick, after he spoke on an AWP panel about comics poetry (or poetry comics, or, I call them po-coms): combination of words and images in a way that are 'free from the tyranny of narrative' (Bianca Stone's quote) that typically guides graphic novels or comics. Even though I'd been creating these, I didn't know they had a name. Alex points to Joe Brainard of the New York School Poets as a founder comics poetry. These are the first comic poetry pieces I submitted, the first to be published. Get a preview here. Purchase Ink Brick e-issues to see them in situ surrounded by amazing artists and writers of po-coms.
Birds We Piled Loosely took [in the Natural History of Projection & Bone], along with [fallen black figs] and [elsewhere scrims of light] for their online journal Issue #8. They named me a Nightingale; I was honored. These poems also appear in the Angle of Reflection anthology, and are part of my Dear Z series from my Can Serrat Spain residency. Read these poems and download this issue to read more incredible work.
Imagine a rambling old Spanish farmhouse at the foot of Montserrat. Exit the house, there are fig, plum, peach trees. There's a path up the mountain. El Bruc is the nearest town; families have lived here for generations. Barcelona is a 45-minute bus ride away. There's so much to do, there's no way not to create. Read what I did for a month here.
In February 2015, I completed Tupelo Press's 30/30. According to their website, a 30/30 is "an extraordinary challenge and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) literary press. Each month, volunteer poets will run the equivalent of a “poetry marathon,” writing 30 poems in 30 days, while the rest of us “sponsor” and encourage them every step of the way." I'd accomplished two running marathons, why not a poetry one? I did it, and raised more than $1k for the press.
On the Island of the Fire Eaters [have you heard about the Come-to-Jesus meeting?] appeared in Fanzine, issue 5 Sept 2014, an amazing online journal that teased this poem with this description, "Weather, planets, and many liquids converge in a new poem by Dina Hardy, selected by spring poetry editor Molly Brodak."
Folklore pg. 2651 Folklore, Folklore pg. 2652 Folklore, and Folklore pg. 2653 Folklore were all published by The Offending Adam Issue 168.1, an incredible online journal that provides insight into the work they publish. Editor Ryan Winet wrote of these three poems, "Hardy's tome—itself derived from encyclopedia entries—identifies the lines where such cataclysms have left layers of irradiated dust." Read this poems here, and in their home on The Fanzine.
Another from my The World Book project, Folklore pg. 2650 Folklore first appeared in Dec 2012 Lunch Ticket, an online journal from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Someone did tell me once to "put some lipstick on and dumb yourself down." Read this poem that also carries inspiration from Orson Wells's 1947 The Lady from Shanghai.