Katherine Webb's Bad Drawings for Good Poetry

Katherine Webb is responsible for our Bad Drawings for Good Poetry feature. She is a writer, editor and educator in Birmingham, Alabama, where she directs the Nitty-Gritty Magic City Reading Series. She's always on the lookout for new writers to host. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Bitter SouthernerPANK, among others. She’s not a visual artist.


Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón (Milkweed, 2015)



Ever since reading Ada Limón's Bright Dead Things, I can't shake this image from the opening poem—this big all-knowing, victory-bound, pump-pumping horse heart triumphantly beating inside a girl.


From Limón's  poem "How to Triumph Like a Girl":

Don’t you want to tug my shirt and see
the huge beating genius machine
that thinks, no, it knows, 
it’s going to come in first.