Larissa Shmailo's newest poetry collection is #specialcharacters (Unlikely Books 2014). Larissa is the editor of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry (Big Bridge Press) and founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses. Larissa translated Victory over the Sun for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's landmark restaging of the multimedia opera and has been a translator on the Bible in Russia for the American Bible Society. Her other books of poetry are In Paran (BlazeVOX [books]), the chapbook A Cure for Suicide (Červená Barva Press), and the e-book Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks); her poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism (SongCrew), for which she received the New Century Best Spoken Word album award.
Thank you, Larissa for reading "The Restless Animus (or My 2013 Manifesto)." You are glorious.
Thanks for your comment on Mother's Day. I still laugh when I read this one.
Thanks for the fave also!
Hi, Larissa. Thanks for commenting on "I am Not a Corpse." Appreciate your digging that one out!
Thank you Larissa for your funny comment and fave on Spaghetti Woman. And thank you so much for initiating an important discussion with Madwoman Exercises a Civil Right.
Larissa, you love the filched silver to wear or to refilch to return to the Irish in the story? No Scots writer has won a Nobel -- I looked after writing "Twedes." Thanks for spotting the story.
Larissa, your comment on Pig Girl moved me immensely, and coming back here to post, I revisited List of Words Never to Be Used in Poems because I loved it so much and wanted it on my profile page so I could go back and use it as a reference. Fortunately I write prose, but still, if used, those words must justify themselves, earn their keep. Thank you for your feisty spirit.
Thanks, dear, for reading "Unmailed Letter to B'go" and favoring it.
Larissa, thanks for faving "Picking the Bark Off Experience." Great comment!
Cut and paste, Larissa.
Thanks for reading,
Thanks for your beautiful comments on "writer's block"!
Thanks for the good words on Empire Falls. Jen Knox and I will be riding in from Texas for a reading in NYC on Sept. 21 at KGB. I hope you'll mark your calendar and we can meet in person. I'm leaving my cowboy hat at home.
Thanks for your comments on Vasilissa the Brave and Beautiful.
Wish I had a heavenly horse right now...
Love your poem, Larissa! Thanks and thanks for faving "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself."
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "Not in Tangier" Larissa! Elvis, Coleridge and Burroughs - strange bedfellows in deed!
Hey, thanks for the kind words on "That Night." I so admire your writing - your fave means the world!
So glad you liked my strange little poem ("Helix Poem"), Larissa. Thanks for a great comment!
Thank you so much for your kind words about "Swimming Lessons." Much appreciated.
Thanks for your fun comment on "New Song of Innocence and Experience," especially the quote, which I will probably post on the refrigerator for family delight (husband is a school teacher who likes doing housework when it's time to grade papers; stepson likes doing homework to avoid brushing his teeth, and so on).
Thanks for commenting on my poem--it has received extreme reactions. Readers on one site reported me to the site administrator. I was tempted to respond "Don't nail me to the cross!" but I figured that would only make things worse.
Will have to read Screwtape now, which I was putting off until my dotage--although whether I'm already in that state is a subject of debate around the dinner table.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Need," Larissa.
Thanks, Larissa, for the link to your book. I've just looked up your profile and see it there. I'm still finding my way around here in Fictionaut Land. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thanks.
Thanks for the comment on "For Carol" and for writing your own beautiful tribute, Larissa.
Thank you, Larissa, for what you wrote about my poem, "Homeless Outside the Church"--that means more to me than I can say. wishing you a good holiday.
Dear Larissa,--thank you so much for your generous comments re: my poem, "Daylight."
Thank you for your delightful comment on "Escape Literature." Happy holidays!
Thank you, Bobbi!
Very cool! Welcome aboard!
Welcome to Fictionaut, Larissa!
Hi, Robert! Thank you!