Here we come at last to the end of April, the month we all began as fools. Do we now end as hermits, the secluded wise? We may or may not; however, in our concluding installment in honor of National Poetry Month in the United States, we do have a modern urban anchorite to see us off into the lusty month of May. Catherynne M. Valente
joins us today with a poem of blood and glass, of the love among sisters, and of a certain cinder-maid.
Catherynne very nearly needs no introduction here: her short piece "The Maiden-Tree"
helped inaugurate Scheherezade's Bequest
, while her column Child's Play
concerning the Child Ballads did the same for Cabinet des Fées in print
. A mythpunk activist, she has written the Tiptree award-winning The Orphan's Tales
, the Hugo-nominated Palimpsest
, and is currently working on novels inspired by Prester John and Koschei the Deathless (in Stalinist Russia!) respectively. She's also published several volumes of poetry and been nominated for several awards in poetry; in 2008, she took a Rhysling with her The Seven Devils of Central California
. Most recently, she has been working on two crowdfunded projects: The Omikuji Project: Cycle I
and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
. She accomplishes all this while living on a small island off the coast of Maine, surrounded by her Carnival of Beasts, with a kitchen full of witchery and a basket full of textiles. We can imagine her knitting there, by the sea, but we have to wonder: what exactly is she knitting with?[Follow the link to read "Glass, Blood, and Ash" and a short interview with Catherynne!]