Regina O’Melveny

Regina O’Melveny

Regina O’Melveny is a poet, novelist, and artist whose work has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Barrow Street, and The Sun.  Her prizewinning chapbook, other gods, was published by the Munster International Poetry Center. Poetry collections include Blue Wolves, winner of the Bright Hill Press award, and The Shape of Emptiness published by Sheila-na-gig Editions. Her novel, The Book of Madness and Cures, was listed as one of NPR’s six best historical novels of 2012.

Unexpected Gifts / Potatoes

Essay

I wonder, what would happen if I cooked my anger, if those hard potatoes that I’d like to fling at the maskless softened and became the tasty comfort food they were meant to be?



Scent

Essay

“Algeria,” he said and then asked “do you mind if I take a small cutting? You know, you can trim just a short piece of the vine and put it in the ground or a pot and it will grow.” He demonstrated with his hands, miming the cutting and the planting.