this exquisite corpse book tour

Hello there new friends, old friends, family, and friends of friends. As some of you may know on May 28th my collection of poetry "this exquisite corpse" is being published with a small press in Glasgow. Because it is a small press I will be paying out of pocket for copies of the book to sell at the launch in Glasgow and Edinburgh. After this I will be traveling on a book tour in England and Ireland (also self funded). I believe the best way to get word out about my book and poetry is to take it to various cities and read from it. I am hoping some of you may be interested in helping support this creative venture that is truly a dream come true.  I hope that if people come to listen to my reading or purchase the book that they will find a voice that is part theirs. I have always wanted to write poetry that impacts people, poetry that lets people know they aren’t alone.

Any donation and you will get a thank you postcard from me!
Any donation over 25 and I will send you a signed copy of the book for free!

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I appreciate the time you have taken to read this and any donations you are able to make.

Alternatively if you live in the UK and can attend one of the events, donations are happily accepted in person.

Book Tour Dates

Glasgow May 28th at Katie’s Bar 

Edinburgh June 5th at Cabaret Voltaire 

York June 12th at Black Swan Inn

Cambridge June 15th at CB2

Oxford June 17th at The Jam Factory 

Manchester June 18th at Gullivers 

London June 20th at The Poetry Café 

Brighton June 22nd at The Victory Inn

Rye June 24th at The Brewery Yard Club 

Newcastle June 26th at the Newcastle Literary Salon

Dublin July 1st at The International Bar

Belfast July 4th at The American Bar

Social Media Links 

Twitter: @trenellepoetry

Instagram: @tawnyarenelle

A poem:

For Grandmother

I date women
I date men
I have always loved all people

but it doesn’t change my love for you to not know

Our bond is not dependent on your knowing

I do not believe in god
but I wonder what would happen if I did
Would the death of my friends make more sense? Would I understand a plan?

Would I find the peace you want for me?

I will try to understand death someday on your terms when you die

and will read the book you have asked me to 

I prayed to god as I drove to take you to the Emergency Room I prayed because you believe in Him
I prayed because you believe

You worry about using a handicap placard that is not yours
I tell you not to worry because you have never committed a crime

I have committed crimes

I have bought and sold drugs I have stolen things
I have driven after drinking I have vandalized

Our bond is not dependent on your knowing

I worked at Planned Parenthood
For three years of my life
I told you I worked at just a health clinic
I assisted with Medical abortions
I counseled patients about pregnancy options
I taught young women and men to become sexually responsible

The one time we talked about abortion
You cried when I said I thought life does not begin at conception

Our bond is not dependent on your knowing

I don’t feel hidden or closeted

or ashamed
or that I needed to

This bond is not dependent on your knowing


Tawnya Selene Renelle

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