#ThrowbackThursday Poetry: With Those Bulging Eyes

It’s Throwback Thursday once again, and in the spirit of Halloween and all things fearful, I’m revisiting this terrifying poem, originally published in fēlan magazine’s fear issue in November 2015.

“With Those Bulging Eyes” is one of my favorite poems I’ve ever written, and probably the most talked about among family and friends who’ve read it, most likely due to its extremely graphic content. (My mom’s co-worker is probably still wondering what happened to that sweet little angel she once knew).

This poem—inspired by the frightful painting, Saturn Devouring His Son, by Spanish artist, Francisco Goya—tackles the uncomfortable and controversial subject of abortion, how it can affect a woman physically, emotionally, psychologically.

Read the full poem below, and if you want to know more about my inspiration behind the poem, and more about me as a writer in general, check out my artist interview on fēlan’s website here.

By the way, I’ve been on quite the extended hiatus (two years and counting!) when it comes to new writings not published on this blog. I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I’m looking forward to 2018 being a much more productive year, as far as writing goes.

I’ve spent most of this year trying to clear off my plate and get myself better organized so that I can have more time and energy to dedicate to writing. While I don’t think I’m there yet, I feel I’ve made a lot of progress since January. Here’s to hoping 2018 will see lots more publication acknowledgements! My “Published Works” page is getting quite dusty…

Issue 2, the Fear Issue, is Now Available!

You should definitely check out this magazine. And I’m not just saying that because I have a poem published in it…


Issue 2, Fear Issue 2, Fear

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a special announcement…

Issue 2 is here!!!

Purchase your copy in print, PDF or ibook formats here: http://www.blurb.com/b/6626759-f-lan-issue-2-fear

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Interview – Nortina Simmons

My poem, “With Those Bulging Eyes,” is published in felan magazine, coming out tomorrow , but you can read my interview today!


Capture Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to write. My dad was a songwriter, guitarist, painter, and my biggest inspiration. Together we wrote songs, (even rap), and short stories (I wrote, he illustrated). However, I didn’t discover my love for poetry writing until my freshman year in college when I learned in a poetry class that all poems didn’t have to sound like Shakespeare or be about love. (Thank God!)

When you create, what inspires you?

My favorite writers of all time are Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe, so you will often see their influence in my writing. My inspiration usually comes from the darker sides of life; the stories we don’t or are too afraid to tell. It’s not necessarily evil, but it’s edgy. Life isn’t all flowers and sunshine, so I explore that concept in my writing. Each poem or story usually starts with a strong image…

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