First Thursdays Open Mic

Hi all: So! First Thursdays is in full swing – going strong since the Fall of 2012!

So, this open mic reading series comes out of a comforting and supportive poetry history in St. Joseph, MO. I remember that the first few times I read poetry were only because I was given the opportunity here in St. Joe when Bill Church and a few others had poetry readings and FORCED students to get up and share their work.

My goal, though, with First Thursdays, is to get a bigger audience, to get more people involved, and to provide a platform for diverse voices. This is a place where all kinds of writing is appreciated, where any level of writer can be applauded, and where all we want to do is celebrate that one thing we all love – creativity, imagination, especially the written word.

We have moved around a few times because we’re looking for a place we can truly call HOME. Where do our poems sound the best? Where are the people the nicest? Where is the beer cheap? We’re hoping our latest venue, with our own private room can help writers feel comfortable and free to share what they have to say.

First Thursdays is all about voice – about sharing your voice, being heard. We hope to eventually bridge the gap between academia and the university – because I once worked with a fantastic Kansas journal with the same goals, I feel that a poetry reading series with those goals of a true writer community can really become something amazing.

My plans: Perhaps we will have a yearly publication of works read by readers. Perhaps we can make this happen. I’d also like to have readings on campus in addition to off campus, and my ultimate goal will be to also bring in writers from the Midwest so that we can feature them and also share our work with them. We’ll see! I’d love to make this happen.

Pics from our last reading!

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One Last Cigarette Available!

Hi all. Been kind of out of the blog business for a while, but wanted to announce my second collection of poetry – officially available now for purchase. Here are what some fine folks had to say about it. And – click HERE or the pic for a link to purchase. Thanks for your love and support.

Mary writes in the language of body and debris—at once physical, palpable, and, at times, obscured. Think of the last time you bared your knees to grass. One Last Cigarette burns with brutality in the night spilling open, plants questions to itself in mirrors. How does a meticulous, impossibly constructed gathering of cells become such a wanting and habitual machine? In another room, the torn sky answers, the body does not forget.

 

—David Tomaloff

Mary Stone Dockery’s One Last Cigarette is a seance of sorts, poems peopled by smoke-blown ghosts who do not just clip the candles or rattle the window frames, but rather get afternoon drunk and braid your hair.  They are a story of wanting — wanting more, less, something different than what you think you have.  They are language that is half-naked and tingles the skin like like teenage love or too much whiskey.  These poems are sexy, sad, and, yes, haunting.

 

-Erin Elizabeth Smith

Mary Stone Dockery lights fireworks, “alters the cells around us”, in this thunderous, fierce, necessary collection, One Last Cigarette. Dockery consumes us, heart, spleen and lungs, “seeking each crack” within the psyche, blasting it until we stare into space waiting for the next cascade of “what color the world is after a night rain”.

One Last Cigarette is mesmerizing, reverberates our explosive, unexplored lives back at us. It’s brilliant and unforgettable. Read it!

–Meg Tuite, author of Bound by Blue

One Last Cigarette is an intimate collection that reads like a bundle of love letters. Sensual but never vulgar, Stone Dockery conjures the ghosts of mothers, lovers, and children in these tightly crafted poems. She drops us into the tension of desire and loss coexisting in relationships with melancholy lines like “I allowed you inside me/a gloomy fog seeking each crack the last comfort.” These poems are reality seen through a prism: distorted Midwestern landscapes, a glimpse of a couple through a haze of smoke, hallucinations experienced in real-time.

-Katie Longofono, author of The Angel of Sex

 

Mary Stone Dockery’s poetry engages with the world through a keen and surprising vision. Her images shift and reveal truths by conjuring a kaleidoscopic inner and outer landscape. Reading Dockery’s work is akin to watching a lightning storm through your window: you watch the flashes of light in simultaneous terror and awe as you witness beauty alongside destruction—you realize you are safe, but you still flinch with every thunderclap. The visceral and haunting words of Dockery fulgurate this same way: you’ll hold her blazes behind your eyelids long after you read them, you’ll keep her rich sensuality stored under your own tongue.

–Anne Champion, author of Reluctant Mistress

 

 

 

 

 

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One Last Cigarette Galleys

Oh yes. Now comes the stage fright. I have no issues with submitting my work, putting it out there for editors to love or to hate. I have no issue with rejection, not really. Acceptances are always nice surprises.

Now that I’ve seen the galleys for One Last Cigarette, I’m nervous. It’s not that I don’t think it’s ready or that I despise my own work – nope. It’s just that little bit of stage fright before the “big” speech. It’s exciting and it’s awesome and terrifying all at once.

I want to thank all the fine writers who have offered their blurbs for me – here are a couple of them. Thanks so much to Meg Tuite, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Anne Champion, Katie Longofono, Matt Porubsky, and David Tomaloff.  Can’t wait to start planning all my readings and to hold this book in my hands!

Mary Stone Dockery lights fireworks, “alters the cells around us”, in this thunderous, fierce, necessary collection, One Last Cigarette. Dockery consumes us, heart, spleen and lungs, “seeking each crack” within the psyche, blasting it until we stare into space waiting for the next cascade of “what color the world is after a night rain”.

One Last Cigarette is mesmerizing, reverberates our explosive, unexplored lives back at us. It’s brilliant and unforgettable. Read it!

–Meg Tuite, author of Bound by Blue

 

 

One Last Cigarette is an intimate collection that reads like a bundle of love letters. Sensual but never vulgar, Stone Dockery conjures the ghosts of mothers, lovers, and children in these tightly crafted poems. She drops us into the tension of desire and loss coexisting in relationships with melancholy lines like “I allowed you inside me/a gloomy fog seeking each crack the last comfort.” These poems are reality seen through a prism: distorted One Last Cigarette Book JacketMidwestern landscapes, a glimpse of a couple through a haze of smoke, hallucinations experienced in real-time.

-Katie Longofono, author of The Angel of Sex

 

Mary Stone Dockery’s poetry engages with the world through a keen and surprising vision. Her images shift and reveal truths by conjuring a kaleidoscopic inner and outer landscape. Reading Dockery’s work is akin to watching a lightning storm through your window: you watch the flashes of light in simultaneous terror and awe as you witness beauty alongside destruction—you realize you are safe, but you still flinch with every thunderclap. The visceral and haunting words of Dockery fulgurate this same way: you’ll hold her blazes behind your eyelids long after you read them, you’ll keep her rich sensuality stored under your own tongue.

–Anne Champion, author of Reluctant Mistress

Recent News/Updates

Haven’t been submitting work as furiously this year. For some reason, I’m pulling back, waiting, letting the writing happen. But, when something interesting comes up, I’ll submit, and I’ve had a few pieces of good news recently: Poems forthcoming in Gutter Eloquence, Slipstream, Sierra Nevada Review, The Meadow, and I-70 Review. Will most likely spend the summer planning, submitting, and writing. Actually, thinking a few submissions need to be sent out this month. Not sure what happened, exactly, except that those health issues that started in January are only just now beginning to heal, and so hoping that the sun, warmer weather, and a new schedule will bring about the inspiration and motivation I’ve been craving.

This summer I’ll also be planning poetry readings, book signings, and more with the publication of One Last Cigarette from Honest Publishing. It still feels so surreal. I can’t wait for this book to be out in the world.

Received word recently that my collaborative chapbook, Honey and Bandages, co-written with Katie Longofono, may have a later release date. Will keep you updated. Sometime later in the year, my chapbook The Dopamine Letters will be released from Hyacinth Girl Press. They do beautiful work – the chapbooks are made so well. They are open for submissions if you have something you would like to send – http://hyacinthgirlpress.com/.

More to come.

 

Blink Finch and Kattywompus Press

Finally here – my chapbook, Blink Finch, out from Kattywompus Press.

This is a little book – made up of 50-word prose poems, with a few verse poems scattered that use the language of horoscopes (very strange horoscopes). A book that kind of revises itself, contradicts itself, even at times. I’m happy it’s out. A little different.

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I want to thank Sammy, my editor, for being so amazing to work with and for putting this out into the world. I’m delighted with the cover and the design. Simple, yet classy.

 

Anne Champion’s Reluctant Mistress

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of writing a blurb for a book I am so delighted and honored to have read. Anne Champion’s Reluctant Mistress is an important collection of poetry. The poems explore femininity, sexuality, identity, and the body – in brutally honest ways. What I love about this collection – Champion knows how to use the word “fuck” in the most eloquent way; she examines relationships without judgement; she understands what it means to be a woman today, especially a young woman searching to come to terms with her place in the world; and while each poem is about love or some branch of love, they are never trite, never dull, and they never reveal something we already know. This is a book I have on my desk or nightstand and I turn to like an old friend. The book gets me.

I usually like to post a lot more during National Poetry Month, but this is my first chance. Hopefully you pick up a copy of this book and love it as much as I do. Also, check out Champion’s website.  

Click the image to read about the book and to purchase it!

Reluctant Mistress

National Poetry Month Poetry News

Just got word that my chapbook Blink Finch is in production and will be released in the next week or two by Kattywompus Press. I’m excited about this chap because it’s a little different from some of my other work. The chap consists of a number of 50 word prose poems, interspersed with short verses all in the form of strange horoscopes. Each poem is interconnected, and untitled. In fact, I conceived of the project as though it would be one long poem. I’m really excited to get this chap out and so grateful to Sammy, my editor, for working with me and making it possible.

Some of my most recent poetry acceptances include The Meadow, Slipstream, and Sierra Nevada Review. Excited to start a poem-a-day for National Poetry Month, and also still working on a collaborative project with Katie Longofono, writing poems that begin with Facebook status updates from our newsfeeds. In addition, I’ve started a new project, a full-length manuscript that deals with mothering, loosely based on my mother’s death and how that death impacts a daughter. Hopefully this collection will be my April project, and will be finished before too long. I’ve decided having a project really helps me complete a lot of work in a short amount of time.

In addition, I received word not too long ago that my next poetry collection has been accepted for publication through Honest Publishing. Last week, I received the beginning cover art work, and I’m extremely excited about this. The press is interesting – publishing work that I am very fond of and I think my poetry fits very nicely with their other published work. Here’s what the cover looks like so far. It may change a little, but really wanted to share what we have so far. It’s simply gorgeous. I’m in love with this cover.

One Last Cigarette Book Jacket