Three Poems

Poetry / Nance Van Winckel

:: Ding Her Children ::


:: He Bit ::


:: The Lad Who Went to the North Wind ::



From the writer

:: Account ::

I’ve been “lift­ing out” and recom­bin­ing in these era­sures to make whole new visu­al poems from source material—e.g., two of my own ear­ly poems in “Ding Her Chil­dren,” a page from The Vel­veteen Rab­bit in “He Bit” and old Norse tales in “The Lad Who Went to the North Wind.” I alter the graph­ics and exper­i­ment to see if I can get the “poet­ic” text to com­bine, even alchem­ize, with the visu­al ele­ments. I try for junc­tures of dis­parate lin­guis­tic and graph­ic ele­ments, hop­ing these may allow for what Gertrude Stein called “open feel­ing,” a state of “slowed, empath­ic receptivity.”


Nance Van Winck­el’s fifth book of fic­tion is Ever Yrs. (Twist­ed Road Pub­li­ca­tions, 2014), a nov­el in the form of a scrap­book; her eighth book of poems is Our For­eign­er (Beyond Baroque Press, 2017), win­ner of the Pacif­ic Coast Poet­ry Series. A book of visu­al poet­ry enti­tled Book of No Ledge appeared in 2016 with Pleiades Press. The recip­i­ent of two NEA Poet­ry Fel­low­ships and awards from the Poet­ry Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca, POETRY, and Prairie Schooner, she has new poems in The Push­cart Prize Anthol­o­gy, Field, Poet­ry North­west, and Get­tys­burg Review. She is on the MFA fac­ul­ties of Ver­mont Col­lege of Fine Arts and East­ern Wash­ing­ton University’s Inland North­west Cen­ter for Writers.