Allow me to introduce myself. Call me Dev. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.
We’ve not met before, but let’s have a brief word, you and I.

It is certainly not my place to post on Candice’s behalf, though the keen eyed among you may have noticed me tinkering and running tests in the background from time to time. But I have a different reason for popping up today.

Recently, as part of Pride Month, Candice was invited to read from SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like, for Wednesday Night Poetry. As Candice is not one to blow her own trumpet, I’ve decided to risk a telling off and exceed my remit to point your attention to the newly minted Readings link on the site navigation, under which you can click through to the four poems Candice has selected to read, complete with a foreword and afterword. Alternatively, you could just use this link.

Anyway, please forgive the intrusion—hopefully I won’t get yelled at, you will enjoy the reading, and most importantly, Candice is encouraged to do more—I love the sound of her voice.

Cheers then,


NB: Dev created this brilliant webpage and I would never yell at him for anything, least being so kind as to help me. When I was unceremoniously sabotaged by WordPress, Dev helped me create this external website that would feed into WP reader. If not for him, I would be out there in the void. Thank you so much for all you have done. It is true about online reading. I decided to do it because the indomitable Kai Coggin (whose work is in SMITTEN) asked me to for PRIDE. Aside the bad lighting that ages me ten years, I enjoyed supporting the other queer authors in our reading. For the full reading including everyone else, go to Wednesday Night Poetry Arkansas. The longest running poetry reading in the country. Currently hosted by Kai Coggin.


13 Replies to “Candice reads from SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like”

  1. Thank you Dev and Candice I shall enjoy listening. Also thanks Dev for keeping Candice here on wordpress.
    I have just posted an interview view with Candice and hopefully there will be more to come.💜

  2. Isn’t it funny? I feel I have known you for such a long time, I mean, really known you and I truly believe that, but we haven’t even heard each other’s voices and so I am glad I did this, even as I was nervous to, because of not wanting to do a bad job. In the end I cared less about vanity and lighting (which I mucked up and aged myself!) and just tried to support SMITTEN so it came out okay. I really, really appreciate you watching, that meant a great deal to me. Your support. Your friendship.

  3. I’m sure he has seen this – I hope so – and his encouragement for my reading – i will be reading I believe for the Big Blue Marble and I will try to see if I can find a way to preserve it on this site also. Or Dev will 😉

  4. It’s live? I missed it! I must go see! Thank you dearest Willow. I am so glad you thanked him because without him I think I would have had no choice but to leave WP completely. I appreciate you dear Willow (my name for you)

  5. So true, Candy. Usually when I hear a voice from the other side of the world, especially with your mixed origins, I am surprised that it is so different from mine. The surprise with you was that it is so similar X

  6. Do you remember ages ago I described our friendship as being one I had in my soul before this? I think we knew each other somehow in another part of this world, I don’t know how but I always felt that way. Maybe I’m being fanciful and Jacqui and you would laugh but that’s how I feel still and I am so glad for you. It is funny to hear a voice and it be familiar, it must mean something. Weird that I have not a lick of my childhood accent nor American, says a lot about elocution lessons 😉

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