- First of all, congrats to Laini on her new book. How wonderful it is to work on something and then let it go. Writing is such a solitary art that it’s hard to release it into the world. But despite the success and accolades, completion of a project like this is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!
- Yesterday in the mail I received Kelli Russell Agodon’s book, Small Knots, and have been enjoying her poetry. This gift is greatly appreciated, which makes me think again about how we send things into the world never knowing where they will end up. If we’re lucky, our words fall into the hands of the right people. Thanks Kelli!
- April has been a difficult month with the lost of friend and fellow poet Phebus Etienne. Today, I was thinking about the priest who performed the Mass. During the service, he said something to the effect of, “A new poet has entered heaven today … in good company with others who have gone before her.” Gives me great comfort to know that she’s spreading her wings in grand style, reciting poetry and dishing the gossip among the greatest writers who ever lived.
- Finally, I’m so glad that National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) is almost over. While the ritual of writing every day has been grueling, I’m thrilled that I’ll have 30 first drafts. Looking forward to letting go of this project and attempting something new.
- I love being an artist, in the company of those (near and virtual) more talented than me.
High above the treetops’ skeleton arms and bare fingertips,
large, white birds soar and glide in conversation with the air.
Are they angels flying in the formation of a cross,
their wings extended and exposed under the afternoon sky?
You and I have chosen a sullen life. We rattle our cages,
bite the bell, every feather of our fiery wings clipped.
As the curtains grow pale, we look through layers of light
while something in the world flies away from us.