Emmilee Risling is Missing

Another one gone,
a statistic,
hell, not even a statistic.
Paperwork to be shuffled
or better yet, thrown away.
A throw away;
what did the report say?
Was she Asian?
Native?
Surely, not white.
White? We could work with that.
We would work with that.
Don’t worry, we are changing the system,
you know,
the same system
that
failed
you
in the first place.
The same system
that
works
for
only one race.
No one is gone without a trace,
as long as she’s white,
rich,
and got a pretty face.

© Autumn Siders 2022

https://www.globalindigenouscouncil.com/
https://www.nativejustice.org/
https://www.yuroktribe.org/

Book Tour…okay not really

Emilita is kicking me out of the house, so I’ll be hitting the road to give her time to relax. Let’s hope she lets me come home!

The good news is, I plan on checking out some independent bookstores in my travels and would love to sign copies of my books for folks who live nowhere near New England. This is a completely unofficial book tour and there will be no events planned at any location, but if you pre-order any of my books from the following stores, I would be more than happy to stop and sign them when I get to the area. I’ve estimated when I will be at each location, so if you would like to support some great independent bookstores, get your orders in now!

Prairie Fox Books Ottawa, IL (March 1)

Prairie Lights Iowa City, IA (March 1)

Canvasback Books Klamath Falls, OR (March 4)

Northtown Books Arcata, CA (March 5-8)

The Bookworm Omaha, NE (March 11)

The Next Chapter Books and Gifts Omaha, NE (March 11)

These are just a few great stores that I found in my research that will be easy for me to get to on my route, but I hope to travel to many more on other trips. SHOP SMALL!

The Divide

Agreeing to disagree is avoiding the problem. There are some issues that warrant a difference of opinion and others that are absolute in nature. Some matters to be debated: taxes, healthcare, the salaries of politicians. Some matters that are absolute: equal rights for all, saving the environment, knowing that the following performance is mediocre at best, but contains a highly important message.

If you can’t listen, you can’t change. If you can’t change, you can’t move forward. If you can’t move forward, think about where that leaves you.

Enjoy, share, cringe at my voice, but no matter how it makes you feel, listen.

The lyrics will be in the upcoming collection of poetry, “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not.”

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

With the start of a new year, I am happy to announce that I’ve got several projects in the works. While a few may take years, others may be out in 2021! It all depends on how busy I remain at my back-up job of bookselling. The first book that might make it to the shelves this year will be another collection of poetry called She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not. This is a poem that will be in the collection and to be honest, one of my favorites so far. Enjoy!

Mother Nature’s Divorce

She’s hopeless, you know.
How many times has She
tried to kick him out now?
He keeps saying he’ll change,
the lying drunk,
the destructive fuck.

“I’ll do better,
You’ll see.
I’ll clean up my act,
I’ll plant a tree.”

His flowery language
sure to wilt
by the last breath
of his drastic lilt.

She got mad, sure.
She threw it all at him,
the vase, the heat,
the viral masterpiece.
He dodged left, then right,
then finally brought to his knees,
his face, a mask, of death,
uttered words to please.

“I love You, it’s true,
I couldn’t live without You.”

I keep hoping She’ll change
because I know without a doubt,
She could be surprised
at what She can live without.

©Autumn Siders 2020

Coming Soon!

Shake up Shakespeare with this humorous tale of the human reproductive system. You may know the story of “two star-crossed lovers,” but you haven’t heard a “tale of more woe, than this of Juliegg and her Spermeo.” Characters from several different works by the Bard come together in this play that is not only witty, but educational. If you have ever wanted to know more about how babies are made (or not made), there is no better way to learn than through tragic characters and iambic pentameter. This is a tale, truly older than time! *Bonus material from Emilita!*

Man V. Nature

Man killed by man
and no one bats an eye.
Instead, he wipes a tear
while innovating fresh ways to die.

Man starves alone
and everyone turns an eye.
One man’s despair
is another man’s high.

Man faces Her
and it opens up his eyes
as Mother Nature levels
all mankind’s lies.

© Autumn Siders 2020