An interview with the winning Micro Chapbook author Ja’net Danielo on the inspiration and process behind This Body I Have Tried to Write: “With these poems, I very much wanted to convey that illness, disability, loss, and grief are not physical and emotional circumstances that happen to a body but are ever-evolving processes held within the body.”
JA'NET DANIELO is the author of The Song of Our Disappearing, a winner of the Paper Nautilus 2020 Debut Series Chapbook Contest. A recipient of a Professional Artist Fellowship from Arts Council for Long Beach and the Telluride Institute's Fischer Prize, her poems have appeared in Superstition Review, The Shore, GASHER, Mid-American Review, Radar Poetry, Gulf Stream, and elsewhere. Originally from Queens, NY, Ja'net teaches at Cerritos College and lives in Long Beach, CA, where she facilitates Word Women, a free, virtual poetry workshop and retreat series for women and gender nonbinary writers. You can find her at jdanielo.com
This Body I Have Tried to Write
by Ja’net Danielo
Who among us hasn’t wanted to kill the sweetest thing?