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MIXED TAPES

Everyone has an song or two that means the world to them, a memory that lingers in each note. I’m no exception to this, and have long thought that many of the songs that have spoken to me throughout the years have a certain sort of poetry to them. A few months ago, I hit a momentary wall with traditional work and therefore became very interested in blackout poetry. It was during this experimental phase that MIXED TAPES was born, a series of blackout poetry from the lyrics of songs that speak to the soul.

MIXED TAPES is an homage to the small-town artist, to the teenager inside of all of us wanting more and taking it without realizing the consequences. MIXED TAPES is running through the empty parking lot at midnight, it is smoking behind the barrier of the playground, it is slipping some love songs into your pocket. It is hoping to see you this weekend. I hope that MIXED TAPES finds the teenager inside you. I hope it soundtracks your heart home.

Read MIXED TAPES on July 16th, 2019.


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KARA GOUGHNOUR IS THE SCENT OF BASIL AND LEMON THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW TINTED WITH YELLOW LINEN AND SUNLIGHT. they are THE BODILY WARMTH LEFT ON INANIMATE OBJECTS AFTER THEY’RE HANDED TO YOU, MAKING THEM SEEM TO HOLD THEIR OWN LIFE. they are the bloodied round on the head of the deer missing an antler, staring down at you through the green clouds of tree. they are A GREEN LEAF PLUCKED AND TUCKED BETWEEN POINTED TEETH. they are A SMILE SHINING LIKE A LONE GHOST IN THE DARK.

Kara Goughnour is a queer writer and documentarian living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They received their Bachelor’s Degree in Creative and Professional Writing from The University of Pittsburgh. They are the author of MIXED TAPES, A COLLECTION OF ERASURE POEMS FROM ALBUM LYRICS, AND Part of the Ghost City Press Summer 2019 Micro-Chap Series. They are the recipient of the 2018 Gerald Stern Poetry Award, and have work published or forthcoming in The Bitchin' Kitsch, Third Point Press, and over fifty others.

THEY ARE THE CREATOR OF IN THIS GARDEN BOT, a digital art installation begun in February 2019, AND ARE THE WRITER OF LET ME WRITE YOU THROUGH, A weekly series of written rebellions against the ticking fears in our hearts. ALONGSIDE THEIR PARTNER, JOHN P. MAURER, THEY ARE THE CO-CREATOR OF WRITE YOUR WRONGS, A YOUTUBE CHANNEL DEDICATED TO LITERATURE, RELEASING BOOKISH VIDEOS AND ORIGINAL POETRY READINGS WEEKLY.

for inquires, or to book readings, please email contact@karagoughnour.com.