The Rotten Leaf Cantata

Today, my poem “The Rotten Leaf Cantata” was published as a part of Strange Horizons speculative poetry issue. The issue looks wonderful – with editorial roundtable, reviews, and poetry. I am looking forward to reading it.

“The Rotten Leaf Cantata” is a divorce poem. It tore out of me, like my best work does sometimes, because I needed it, because it needed me. It contains a few lies and many truths. I am grateful to Sonya Taaffe, as well as to Sofia Samatar, Mike Allen, and others who supported me in the process of getting it out into the world. I hope you will find it meaningful as well.

P.S. The issue also contains a podcast of the featured work; you can listen to me read this poem out loud.

P.P.S. I did buy a chesterfield.

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R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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