and thought: we grew better roots together, or, at least, preserved the seeds in time for a bitter winter.
Yet maybe I only love that peaceful place in you, the silent, steady eye that sometimes reveals freight train gale and hail although you reject the notion they exist in you.
Yet you spit dirt in the eye, send me into a typhoon spinning out, silk-stunned, from my carefully-crafted cocoon.
I am the tempestuous one, while the blood boils into your tense hands and quicksand lips.
A flood unleashes—
cataclysmic panic attack
It's my fault
line, and we run the same ones, every time. Tectonic, we shift, displace overburden, crack tenuous roots, the impeding fracture of fault creep; deeply felled heart bled, for daring wear it on a sleeve. That's nature.
Somewhere between Virginia and North Carolina: Find slips of her wit igniting weeds between the concrete slabs of the city sidewalk or in the worm-hooked smirk of a crow in the Blue Ridge sky. Chaney earns her bread and butter through freelance writing and the odd tarot reading, creative publication, and artwork purchase. She earned her BA in creative writing from Salem College, the oldest women’s college in the United States. Creative writing, particularly poetry, is both a career and soulcraft for her.
Chaney’s poetry and fiction have been featured in such publications as Thrush Poetry Journal, Moon Books: Moon Poets (an anthology of pagan poetry), Moonchild Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, and VQR’s Instaseries. Her artwork has shown in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and most recently in Denver, Colorado at Spectra’s “Tiny Art, Big Ideas!” show in November 2019.
Now, to plug the books and short fiction. Chaney’s poetry chapbook Between Blue and Grey (Amazon, 2012) won the Barnhills Books & More: Mothervine Festival Award for Best in Poetry in 2013. Her latest, weird little horror short story is a little bit Gaiman, Lovecraft, and Poe, The Blacklick Frog Rain: An Oral History Tale As Told By Kester Stoot, is available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited or for the price of a coffee refill – Direct links to her books below! Follow her on Instagram @tifchaney and DM her to talk about weird things.
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