spockthehalls asked: I'm sorry if this is weird, but I just wanted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) express how thankful I am that you're out in the world sharing your art and knowledge. Your poetry especially has helped me learn how to be proud of myself in a world that doesn't care to know I exist. Your work has also given me tools to help spread awareness to my loved ones. So thank you very much, Miles, for existing and being brave and giving the less brave among us a voice. Happy holidays!
Oh goodness! Thank you so much! I don’t really know how to express how grateful I am to hear that I’ve been able to help you. It has been a joy to be making art and sharing it with y’all, and reading messages like this makes every struggle along the way totally worth it. So thank YOU, friend.
I appreciate you, and am thankful you took the time to write to me. I hope you have a great holiday!
May the poems be
the little snail’s trail.
Everywhere I go,
every inch: quiet record
of the foot’s silver prayer.
I lived once.
It was here.
I’ll be performing at Simmons College as a part of their Trans* Day of Remembrance open mic.
Simmons College, Quadside Cafe
Come share your poems and hear some poems!
philo-b-u-n-d-y asked: Hi Mr. Walser! I'm a huge HUGE fan of yours, and always have been. You've been a huge inspiration in me starting to write poetry and im going to my first slam ever this weekend. Any tips you could give me for making it an amazing night?
Hey friend! How exciting that you’re slamming! I think slams are amazing and terrifying and a fantastic opportunity to share your work and a silly game.
It’s going to sound so basic, but the number one way I can recommend making the night memorable is to relax and have fun.
The only way a slam has ever been ruined for me is when I ruin it for myself being taking it too seriously and getting too invested in scores. Don’t keep score. Don’t worry about your score. Just get up and perform the crap out of your poems. You are already a champion for getting up and sharing work that you’ve written and edited and practiced. The performance is the reward. I promise, you’ll have a much better time if you go in already set on enjoying yourself regardless of the competition.
It’s as simple as having fun. Give your everything to the performance. Listen to the other poets and clap until you can’t feel your hands.
I hope that helps! Let me know how it goes!
A week from today is my 23rd Birthday.
I appreciate all of the love y’all have given me and my work in the last year of my existence. You sure do know how to make a guy feel grateful. Knowing I have reached folks with poetry (shit, just knowing that poetry remains a way to reach people) is the greatest gift.
I would love it if you would celebrate this birthday with me by giving a home to a copy of What the Night Demands.
How? I’m so glad you asked.
If you send $20.00 to email@example.com via PayPal, I will send you a signed copy of What the Night Demands (along with a bonus gift of a CD of poems!)
You! Thank you!
Four years ago, I participated in an off-campus study program through an organization called HECUA (www.hecua.org) called Writing for Social Change. It is an understatement to say that semester changed my life.
This afternoon, I will be skypeing with this fall’s Writing for Social Change class, who’ve all read my book as a part of their syllabus.
WHOSE LIFE HAVE I ACCIDENTALLY STUMBLED INTO? WHERE DID THIS LUCK COME FROM?