Reader Profile: Daniela Olszewska
Daniela Olszewska is the author of four collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), True Confessions of an Escapee From The Capra Facility for Wayward Girls (Spittoon Press, 2013), Citizen J (Artifice Books, 2013), and (with Carol Guess) How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming in 2014). Daniela was born in Poland and received her MFA from University of Alabama, but she self-identifies as a Chicagoan.
At the Marble Room, we are so very excited to have Daniela read for us on March 16th, just one week away. Below is an excerpt from her work. You can see her live and in person next Sunday, 4:00pm, with a glass of wine in your hand, and cheer in your heart.
[from How to Feel Confident With Your Special Talents, co-written with Carol Guess]
How to Do the Cha Cha
Stay alert in red rolling light. Focus premium-like in 4/4 time. Go into debt with arms held in minor jezebel pose. Small sidestep about the star specks on the floor. Chin up during the landside. Sexy bend, sexy bend! Practice—
Perfect understanding of where your partner is coming from. Your partner is coming from the same revolutionary party you came from. Don’t go about this the wrong way again. Or the next gala will find you cowering under a punch bowl, strained cheek rogued up in-
Boys and girls in panic rows. Roadkill of the Rodeo, toeing the party line on one side of the faultline, quaking. Which side are you on, lead or follow-fallow?
Push; no, pull. Adjust your slippery straps and swaddle sandals in bandages: it’s open season on open-toed slip-ons. Lesson: don’t leave cha to chance. Change into a tux and bind yourself into a seamless Mister. Move her, Master Manipulator.
Sway the small of her back with your small, gloved hand.