In that seemingly short time there have been awards won, fellowships received, and since she "started publishing, timidly, in 2006" much of her work published in numerous publications. She even admits to having won some New York Press Club awards in 1999-2000 and "way back" the George B. Hill and Therese Muller Memorial Awards First Place Prize for Fiction.
"Now I'm here, teaching poetry in after-school programs at Salem Hyde and Franklin Elementary, and I love the work. I'm also teaching poetry at the Downtown Writers Center, which I think is a fabulous resource for beginning and advanced writers alike."
So...we can now count Jules among our poetic acquaintances, and her poetry among that with which we are familiar -- and hope to become more so.
Even Jesus discovered it the hard way --
to begin, you've got to outsmart
the metaphor, dismantle the ritual
songs of childhood,
which is like saying goodbye
to the only life you ever really had,
that cracked-egg moment
when you existed both
yolked and split, meaning and act,
a vehicle motored by a pack
of parochial kids who touched
to be touched, pried the body
to open, to open more, find
the universal in the crude
the wound in the Amen.
And if the body is the last refuge
every waking since has been
an assault on the senses,
brute dictation, maturity
as the practice of a hunger
that smacks without discrimination.
It doesn't matter if it's me or you
or Jesus we're talking about:
we cannibalize ourselves three times --
once as offspring, next as mother,
again through the muddled
articulation of self that emerges
all wrong, all other.
To sign up for Jules' current class, Motive and Metaphor or any others at the Downtown Writers Center, contact director Phil Memmer at 474-6851 x328, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For full brochure, go to: ymcaarts.org/workshops.html.