Emily Vieweg, MFA is a poet and playwright originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been published in Foliate Oak, The Voices Project, Northern Eclecta, Red Weather Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Art Young's Good Morning, and more.

Her one-act play Atomic Lounge was performed in Chicago at The 25th Annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival in 2013.

Emily's debut chapbook Look Where She Points is available from Plan B Press.

Emily's second chapbook, Conversations with Beethoven and Bach, is available through

She lives in Fargo, North Dakota where she is a mother of two, pet parent, data processor and adjunct English instructor.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

On Writing

Today I am not writing poetry.
Today I am not writing prose.
Today I am not writing scripts.

Today I am venting.
I am venting about turning 40 next April because sometimes I still feel 20.
I am venting about my son's acne because it bothers me more than it does him.
I am venting about my daughter's daddy because he just doesn't get it sometimes.
I am venting about singleton socks because they're hiding.
I am venting about my missing tank tops and my weight gain.
I am venting about being an adult daughter in my parents' home.
I am venting about student loans coming due at Christmas.
I am venting about gasping for breath so I don't burst into tears.
I am venting that I want a day off and feel guilty about it.
I am venting that being poor is expensive in America.
I am venting that I am tired of being strong and wish I had a soft place to fall.

Maybe today I am writing poetry.