Sunday, December 13, 2009


It can be boring hearing about someone else’s happiness, but I hope you’ll indulge me because I am beyond happy about Underlife.

In reality, the book changes nothing. It won’t make me rich, famous, or younger. My kids love me no more or no less. It didn’t hold my marriage together or keep my life from very nearly falling apart this year. I am a poet with or without a book. But Underlife represents the years of hard work, the late nights, the rejections and the acceptances. It represents revision after revision after revision (even now, there are poems I’d like to tweak). It heralds the end of one period in my life and reveals the beginning of another. And I’m OK with that, because it’s always been about the writing. It has always been about the journey, not the destination. I tend to think that everything I have ever done has led me to this point. And while my life is not perfect, I am happy—that’s all I can ask for.

On the Acknowledgements page in Underlife, the last dedication is a thank you to “the community of poets and writers in the blogosphere.” You, dear reader, have been my biggest support during the last few years. Without you—your posts, comments, encouragements, and critiques—this book would not be here. Thanks for coming along for the ride.


Erin Dionne said...

It's amazing--you are right. Nothing changes with a book, yet everything does. You have so much to be proud of, and have worked so hard to get here. Enjoy every moment of this special time!

mister jim said...

Excellent milestone, and at
time of year for new lights.

susan said...


You are talented and brave. I applaud you.

January said...

Thanks Susan, Jim, and Erin. I take your kind words to heart.

Jessie Carty said...

the book is never the "end", you are right but there is something about putting a collection together that sums up a part of your life :)

glad i caught at least a part of that wave! can't wait to read it!

P. Sinclair said...


caroleesherwood said...

congratulations, again. :)

and i love the meat of this post. the level-headed bit about it not changing a lot and about you still being hard at work on the writing.

(please say you're doing a fair amount of jumping up and down, as well.)


jeannine said...

Congrats, January - take some time to celebrate!

Maya Ganesan said...

This is incredible. I'm so happy for've worked so hard and you deserve every award, every success, every happiness that comes with UNDERLIFE.

You're going to continue to produce amazing, amazing poetry, and I'm going to continue to enjoy it. Congratulations. :)

January said...

Thanks Maya. :)

January said...

Thanks everyone. I'm over the moon excited, and will be celebrating accordingly tomorrow night at the book launch par-tay. Photos and video to come.


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