Saturday, May 30, 2009

Beverly Public Library Bookmoblie Fundraisr


First of all, if I had known that last night's fundraiser for the Beverly Public Library's Bookmoblie would get local coverage in the newspaper, I would have:

a. dressed better

b. been more prepared

c. made the kids take naps earlier in the day

I don't know what I was thinking, because when organizer Sean Devlin gets a good idea, he's fully prepared to make the event a success from top to bottom. There were at least 150 people in attendance!



The fundraiser had everything. You could tour the Beverly Public Library's Bookmobile, which is 22 years old and sorely in need of replacement. I learned that this is one of four bookmoblies still in operation in Massachusetts. What a wonderful way to bring books to people who can't get to a library.

There was a reading of his excellent play Cabotville, a mystery that captures the spirit of the Beverly-Salem area.




(The Cast of Cabotville)

Also, there were book and poetry readings featuring local talents John Archer and Colleen Michaels.



And then there's me.





Lastly, we were treated to a 10-minute short film, and a trailer to the documentary for the 2nd Annual Trashfinders' Ball from filmmaker Kevin Carey.


Lots of food, drink, and wonderful entertainment. Sean even arranged for on-site babysitting, which means all of us had a night out on the town!



What I love most is being a part of a creative community that thinks up these wacky ideas, makes them happen, and then gives the money to charity. And there's no place more deserving of community support than the local library, so it truly was my pleasure to partake in the evening.


Friday, May 29, 2009

PoBiz on NPR

You know how I love talking about the business of poetry. Well, so does NPR. Here's a link to their story: Already Poor, Poets Don't Much Mind The Recession.

As we know, poets are largely unpaid. Publishers are hemorrhaging money. And the fact that many publishers run presses earning little or no money is just depressing. Good thing we are reaching for something beyond a dollar amount.

Check it out, and then tell me what you think.

Happy Friday

Both kids woke up at 2:30 a.m. Brought them into bed with me but they stayed awake until about 4 a.m. (read: I’m running on fumes today).


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A friend and well-published poet just asked me to blurb his upcoming book. Me? Go figure!


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This month has been a wash for writing poetry. I’m throwing in the towel on May. Bring on June!


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If you’re on the North Shore, I’ll be reading as part of a fund-raiser for the Beverly Public Library’s Bookmobile. There will be a reading on Sean Devlin’s play, Cabotville, readings by other poets, and the world premier of the trailer for the upcoming documentary for the 2nd Annual Trash Finders Ball.


Pictures from the bookmobile tomorrow.


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TGIFF!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Behind the Curtain

I'm fascinated with the business of poetry, and this is a peek inside what it takes to keep a (successful) small press going. From the WOMPO listserv, this is a response by Jeffery Levine of Tupelo Press (the original question was asked by Nic Sebastian) on charitable organizations.

I appreciate the honesty and candor in his response.

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Unlike the huge charitable organizations that have large staffs and war chests for TV and print ads, plus sizable payrolls just for development purposes and highly-compensated executive "teams," most (all?) independent poetry presses have practically no payroll at all. We bring our lunches, and take turns mopping the bathroom floor.


Here's a case in point: at Tupelo Press there's no development staff at all. Our managing editor works part-time, half that time as managing editor, half as production manager. To save the press money, he works out of his home in northern Vermont. My office manager works 3/4 time. (I'd love to bring her up to full time, but can't.) I work 80 hours a week, about 1/4 of that as publisher, about 1/4 as editor in chief, 1/4 as marketing manager, 1/4 as publicist. As for me, I have never had a salary of any kind. Everybody else who does work for Tupelo Press either donates the time, or the work is outsourced (i.e., to our excellent designers, to our excellent web master, our industrious database updaters -- all of whom provide substantial nonprofit discounts. All of my time is donated, and has been for 10 years. Over that period, about $700,000 of my own money has gone into the press to get others in print and out into the world. (Because of the market meltdown -- those funds are no longer available.) Likewise, my board has given substantial dollars over the years to accomplish the same task. This is a common story in literary publishing around the country.


Nobody in nonprofit independent publishing is making money off of donor funds. We have an annual budget of approximately $225,000. We publish 10-12 books a year. The total cost of publishing those 10-12 books, counting two part-time salaries, all of the costs of design & printing, and the post-launch support--review copies, ads, readings, publicity releases, etc. -- comes to $225,000. Every penny goes into making those 10-12 books happen. Again, this is a shared story. Every independent press scrimps to get by, and is lucky to get by. Excuse me for saying the obvious, but I'll keep saying it: publishing poetry is a labor of love. Unless you're Poetry Magazine sitting on a $100,000,000 Ruth Lily endowment -- and the Poetry Foundation, the uber-organization that holds the Poetry Magazine money, determined immediately not to share any of that astoundingly irresponsible gift with the publishing world. Instead they built a tower. As Billy Collins said, it's like giving your entire fortune to your pet goldfish.


So, my suggestion is this: save yourself the anguish. If you have the means to support one or more presses, the world is better for it. Offer to join the Advisory Board of a press you admire. Donate time to help prepare the Profit & Loss Statements, the Balance Sheet, the Cash Flow Statements. Help with a grant application. But bring a strong stomach.


Jeffrey Levine

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! Time to confess on this last Tuesday of May. Share you innermost thoughts, and be sure to say hi to the sinners in The Confessional.


Last night I watched the season premier of the show Jon & Kate Plus 8. If you've read any of the tabloids, you'd know that this is a family in crisis. For some reason, I have taken this family in as if they were my own—it's one of the only non-cartoon shows my kids will watch with me! But I can totally relate to the chaos raising young children brings to a household, and the stress it puts on a marriage. I understand how, as she said at the closing of the show, she never pictured five years ago they would be at this place in their lives. While not the perfect mother and maybe sometimes not the kindest, Kate Gosselin is a strong woman who knows what she wants. I completely identify with her and hope that she and her husband can work things out.

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Last night the kids and I roasted marshmallows in our backyard, after a long walk around a pond. I am thankful for life's simple pleasures.

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Just found out that I am going to meet one of my favorite poet-bloggers in a few weeks! Details to come.

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Unfortunately, I'm following the same writing trend I did in '08 after NaPoWriMo. Haven't written a thing. Maybe that's good. No, that can't be good.

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As a result of my poetry procrastination, my to-do list is now a mile long. Hope to knock off a few items, including sending off four poetry submissions, this week.

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One thing I did do was look at my poems for a second manuscript—and then I promptly got overwhelmed and put them away. Ugh! All of my little insecurities about writing creeped up on me. They surprised me, in fact. But revision is my No. 1 poetry priority in June.

Time to take a big-girl pill!

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I'm purchasing the following books from the Univ. of Pitt Press sale:


  • Duhamel, Denise Queen for a Day
  • Duhamel, Denise Two and Two
  • Shepherd, Reginald Otherhood
  • Shepherd, Reginald Fata Morgana


Any suggestions on other titles? I have a few, but I'm always looking for something new to read.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Weekender




Yesterday I made the deal of the century. Picked up this used patio set for $50. And the best part? I found it through a friend of a friend on Facebook! I *heart* Facebook.

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Also last night, Ella took a piece of a popped balloon and stuck it up her nose. I thought for sure I would have to take her to the emergency room. But she managed to blow it out somehow. Why do kids think stuff like this is a good idea?

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Spent much of the day planting flowers and starting this year's vegetable garden. It was a nice afternoon with the kids.

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On Sunday, Tim is taking Alex and Ella for a kids' fun day. So a trip to Starbucks and the new Star Trek movie is in order. And poetry. Making time for poetry.



Friday, May 22, 2009

A Request from Tupelo Press

(This unedited message comes from the WOMPO listserv, from Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Levine. By unedited, I'm referring to the WOMPO references.)


At the invitation of Annie Finch, who founded Wom-Po, I joined the list seven years ago this month. Tupelo Press was then three years old and had at that point published women poets almost exclusively. As of this writing, we have published or have under contract 92 books of poetry, 61 by women, 31 by men. Those Tupelo books by women poets include 17 Wom-pos -- Annie Finch's Calendars, now in its second printing -- along with 16 other Wom-po books of startling originality, depth and beauty. Anna Rabinowitz, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Francine Sterle, Pat Fargnoli, Rachel Contrini Flynn, Kate Gale, Joan Houlihan -- and so many others.


Obviously, by word and deed, poetry by women signifies to me and therefore to Tupelo Press. We are in unbelievably hard times for non-profits. I don't honestly know how non-profits will survive the next few years without the dedicated and extraordinary support of others.


The good news: we have an unprecedented opportunity -- the pledge of a $30,000 donation from a single individual who cares deeply about our work and our mission. However, it's a "matching grant" situation. We, Tupelo Press, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, must raise matching funds in order to accept the donation. I do not want to lose out on this astonishingly generous gift, and so I'm throwing caution to the wind and looking to enlist your help and support. That donation will mean ALL the difference to us in getting through this depression.


As those of you who have participated in fundraising for non-profits know, on average, 80% of nonprofit funding support comes from individuals giving relatively small amounts. Hard to believe, but true. So, I'm challenging you to help us meet this challenge so that we can continue to discover and publish compelling books of poetry -- and in particular -- of books by women poets. If half the subscribers to this list contribute just $5, we'll have just about matched the grant. Your donation--in whatever amount--is tax deductible. The best part is, every dollar you contribute means two dollars to the press. (And, yes, subscriptions to our 2009 list -- 9 books for $99, count toward the matching grant.)


I apologize for making this appeal on-list. I've never done so before, but we have never had such extraordinary challenges , or such an extraordinary need, or such an extraordinary opportunity -- before. Our need is urgent, the opportunity so close at hand. Please consider the life-altering difference that collective support by Wom-pos will mean. The easiest way to contribute is by going to our donations page online at www.tupelopress.org and pressing the Donate button. While you're on the home-page, maybe download for free the readers' guides to Annie Finch's Calendars, Karen An-hwei Lee's Ardor and Francine Sterle's Nude in Winter.


Gratefully,
Jeffrey Levine

A Few Items from the Publishing World

With the economy making budgets tight, thought I'd present a sample of what's going on with a few poetry publishers.


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Salt Publishing

Saving Salt Publishing: Just One Book JUST ONE BOOK

Here's how you can help save Salt and all our work with hundreds of authors around the world.

1. Please buy just one book, right now. We don't mind from where, you can buy it from us or from Amazon, your local shop or megastore, online or offline. If you buy just one book now, you'll help to save Salt. Timing is absolutely everything here. We need cash now to stay afloat. If you love literature, help keep it alive. All it takes is just one book sale. Go to our online store and help us keep going.

UK and International
http://www.saltpublishing.com/shop/index.php

USA
http://www.saltpublishing.com/shop-us/index.php


2. Share this note on your Facebook or MySpace profile. Tell your friends. If we can spread the word about our cash crisis, we can hopefully find more sales and save our literary publishing. Remember it's just one book, that's all it takes to save us. Please do it now.

With my best wishes to everyone
Chris Hamilton-Emery
Director

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Tupelo Press

Free Reader's Companions Now Available For Download

Responding to requests from teachers, book groups, reading hosts and readers, Tupelo Press has begun offering free, easily downloaded Reader's Companions to accompany books. Featuring author essays and interviews, critical commentaries, discussion questions, and other engaging ingredients, these guides can be retrieved and printed from the Tupelo Press website. The first three are now available: Reader's Companions for Annie Finch's Calendars, Karen An-hwei Lee's Ardor and Francine Sterle's Nude in Winter. Have a look and let us know what you think.

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Summer Poetry Sale

University of Pittsburgh Press is having a summer poetry sale—50% numerous titles bought through their site. Don’t forget to use promo code Poetry09 to receive the discount. Sale ends August 1.

(Pitt’s list is EXTENSIVE. Check it out!)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, folks! Time to let your guard down. Share a bit of yourself here, and don’t forget to visit the folks in The Confessional.



Thanks for posting your secrets anonymously. If memory series, it was the inspiration for Confession Tuesday. Feel free to continue to post there as well as here.


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This picture basically sums up how we all felt after my girlfriend’s 40th birthday party on Saturday. A little too much fun, I think! (Or can you ever have too much fun). It was wonderful getting together with people I have known all of my adult life. We should do it more often!


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This morning, my daughter climbed into bed with me just before 6 a.m. That’s our routine. She wakes up, climbs into bed, and we talk until her brother comes in. Sometimes Alex wakes up before Ella, but the routine is the same. Lots of good morning kisses and talk before the day gets started. I can’t get enough of it.


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I have declared 2009 as the Summer o’ Fun! I’m looking for cheap or free ideas to fill the summer with adventure for me and the kids. Lots of day trips, entertaining at home, and friends aplenty to share this beautiful life.


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If happiness is a choice, than I will choose it every single time.


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Ah poetry, my mistress! I have been estranged from you since the end of NaPoWriMo. The truth is I have more poetry projects than I can handle right now, which is just how I like it! Here’s the updated list.


  • Working on two poem video trailers

  • Creating a Web site

  • Submitting poems to publications

  • Outlining an article/interview (the deadline is uncomfortably soon)

  • Revising poems for manuscript #2

  • Writing new poems


Phew! Just the thought of that list makes me tired!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tell Me Your Secert

I'm reviving an old idea, pre-Confession Tuesday.

Post anonymously and tell me something you wouldn't tell anyone else. And the honor system rules--your secert identity is safe with me.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

40-40-40 Club

I’m off to visit a friend of mine who turns 40 today. I’m packing up the kids for some weekend fun with a group I’ve known since college. Looking forward to catching up and sharing stories from our glory days (although, they weren't really that glorious when we were going through them!).

I may even sneak in some "me time" to write a new poem!


Happy Saturday, y'all!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Poetry Radio Project



I seem to remember (but can't find) an interview circa 1996 with then poet laureate Donald Hall saying it was his wish to expand poetry's reach into all forms of media. If memory serves, he mentioned having poetry regularly featured as segments on news and information shows and even satellite radio. Well, maybe satellite radio is a ways off, but injecting poetry on the U.S. airways seems to be an active pursuit of the Poetry Foundation.


Not only is the Poetry Foundation building a deep archive of audio and video recordings of poets discussing and reading their poetry, they are infusing mainstream media with verse through an outreach project called the Poetry Radio Project. In partnership with American Public Media, this series is valiant attempt to bring poetry to an unsuspecting audience, in my opinion. APM poetry programming includes features on Marketplace, Performance Today, Speaking of Faith, The Story, and The Splendid Table.

On my commute home last week, I was treated to poetry on the personal finance show Marketplace. And when I visited APR's landing page, I found this gem of an interview with Phil Levine discussing factory work through his classic poem, "What Work Is." Here's the interview:





Hope you get a chance to check out these resources. Much of what I listen to is available as podcasts—perfect for my two-hour commute to and from work.


Also, I should mention, though this is not new, that the Poetry Foundation has partnered with the The News Hour With Jim Lerher for a Poetry Series.


When I see efforts like these, along with the proliferation of poets in MFA programs, slams, self publishing and indie publishers, even poetry at the White House, it's hard to believe that poetry is declining in the United States. I just don't see it. Now, sales of poetry books? That's whole other blog post!



Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bits and Pieces

Tonight is my busiest day at work of the year, and the longest. We're preparing for commencement at our college, and our department is responsible for the commencement programs with the graduates' names. The program will be created, proofed, go out to print, and return to campus within the next 30 hours. I'll be at work for the next 10.

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Thanks everyone for the Twitter info. Tempting, especially since there lost of iPhone apps. With so many poets on Collin's list, I may have to jump into the fray.

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Working on some super cool new stuff, including a video for one of my poems, new photos, and a Web site. Woo hoo!

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Did you see this article on poetry at the White House? Just one more reason I *heart* this president!

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Now, if I can just get through today. Should be able to respond to previous posts this evening.

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Go Sox, Celts, and Bruins!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Do You Tweet?

I do not. But I want to hear from other writers, poets in particular, on the value of Twitter.

I can make a case that blogging keeps me active and engaged as a writer, and Facebook is a way of expanding my social network (and it's just fun). But I'm having a hard time finding value in Twitter for a poet. I want to keep an open mind about Twitter so I need your help.

[Although, this morning I was listening to this commentary on NPR about Twitter. Has social networking in general 'jumped the shark" (of course, the commentator is not a fan of Twitter)?]

Do I need to add one more piece of technology to my already overstimulated life?

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Time to confess. Break those metal chains and tell us a little somethin' somethin'! Don't forget to check out the sinners doing time in The Confessional.






Finally, a picture with me in it! From our Mothers Day trip to Norfolk, VA. And there's my mom--isn't she lovely?

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I'm typing this wearing a facial mask. Sorry, no pictures.

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While at a park with Alex and Ella, I heard a woman call to her kids, a boy and a girl, "C'mon, Chicago. C'mon Chardonnay, time to go!" That tickled me.


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Also received my first mosquito bite of 2009--woo hoo! Spring is here!


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Boneheaded move of the month:
Monday morning, when we dropped off our car at the airport rental car drop-off, I forgot to drop off the rental car keys. Doh! The rental car drop-off is self-serve. I was supposed to leave the car and take the keys to a drop box but forgot that part of it. Hey, you try flying with two little ones. I'm lucky they made it on the flight!


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I'm trying to build in more spontaneity and fun into my routine. Not just for the kids, but for yours truly.

It's all part of my plan to be more present in the moment, which I don't think I did much of throughout the winter. But spring and summer are my favorite times of year, and I don't want to waste any of it. Besides, there's so much that we can do without spending a ton of money. And selfishly, I want new experiences to infuse into my poetry.


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Speaking of poetry, I haven't done a thing this past week on my to-do list. But I'm ready to cross a few things off the list. Maybe even add some new challenges.

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Life is just too damn short to worry about the things you can't control.


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Lastly, I had the chance to watch Seal on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

After, I downloaded his latest album , Soul, from iTunes. It's an amazing collection of 60s standards including, "A Change Is Gonna Come," "I Can't Stand the Rain, and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." It's become my new soundtrack.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

What Does a Poet Mom Do for Mothers' Day?

She needs more than a day--she takes a weekend!



She takes her son and daughter home to Virginia to visit her mom and dad.


She relishes how easy it was to fly with two kids under six. And she overlooks what a handful they were waiting 40 minutes for the car rental.



She's appreciative of the sweet deal the rental car agent sets up for her, and enjoys her first time driving an SUV!


She makes crab crabs for dinner for her family.


She laughs, and enjoys the laughter around her.



She digs in the sand, gets her feet wet, and stands with her kids against the breaking waves.


She appreciates the people who truly appreciate her.



Her only request for Mothers' Day? Have someone take a picture of her so she can post it on the blog!



Happy Mothers' Day, everyone!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Your Creative Economy, Pt. 2

I'm revising an older blog post on the Creative Economy. After Susan's very thoughtful post on the economy, I thought it was time to have a chat about how the recession is affecting you personally and creatively.

Here are the questions I previously asked, with a few revisions now that we have a new president in office. But think of this as a jumping off point. The goal is to start a dialogue. Feel free to address one or all of these questions at any time, or add your own to the mix.

  1. As a creative entity, how is the recession affecting you?
  2. Has the downturn affected how you write and what you write about?
  3. Are you making choices on how you spend your money (new poetry books vs. paying bills)?
  4. Has the downturn changed how you enter contests, or look for grants and sources of funding?
  5. Has the downturn changed how you submit poems/manuscripts for publication, given the cost of postage and reading fees?
  6. Has the current state of your state led to opportunities? Have you found a silver lining?
  7. How are you doing in general? Are you OK?

In about an hour, I'm flying to Virginia with the kids to see my parents for Mothers' Day. So I don't have time to give a truly thoughtful answer. But I will. I always do.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Wordle




http://www.wordle.net/

Confession Tuesday

Happy Cinco de Mayo, mis amigos! Time to share your confessions with the blogosphere. You talk, we listen. Don't forget to stop by The Confessional and say hi to your fellow sinners.

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Lately, I've been a bit of a social butterfly. I've had some opportunities to leave my comfy nest and visit with longtime friends and coworkers. I have a little guilt about doing so, but I'm trying to take more time for myself and to enjoy simple things. I've missed this part of my life for I'm enjoying reconnecting with those closest to me.

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My two family to-do's for the summer: 1) Invite more people to the house, and 2) take lots of day trips with the kids.

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Also, this summer, I will be quite the traveler, with short trips planned to NYC, DC, VA, PA, and GA. I'm saving my pennies to make it all happen. Travel is another one of those activities that I've put on the back burner, but not this year. I'm taking advantage of as many opportunities as possible, with much more poetry-related travel well into 2010!

(Note to self: must find funding sources for aggressive travel plans.)

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Saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine over the weekend with my friend Suzie. I confess that she ruined my movie-going experience by laughing through the movie. No willing suspension of disbelief for her! Imagine your BFF laughing through Terms of Endearment or My Left Foot. So not cool.

I liked the movie but didn't love it. Coincidently, I went back to watch X-2 and 3 on Sunday, which made me really appreciate how well the series was constructed.

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Last night, Ella broke a mirror. I told her that normally a broken mirror earns seven years of bad luck, but because she's 3 ½ and cute, I would commute her bad luck to time served.

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Going to my poetry workshop tonight. After writing so many poems for April, it will be nice to pick one apart.

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 04, 2009

May To-Do List

Unfortunately, I did not take photos on Saturday. And the photos taken of me all showed a big wine glass in my hand. *Smile* Will take photos later in the week.

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Now that National Poetry Month has come and gone, I find myself with an abundance of poems. My hope is that I use this energy to write a poem a week, while, in turn, getting a few new projects off the ground. Here's the list.

  1. Revise poems from NaPo '08 and '09 and put together a manuscript. I'm happy to say that I've started to do just that. As I look through them, however, I'm seeing some unfortunate patterns in style and subject matter. *cringe* And I'm plagued with those "Is my writing any good?" fears that I managed to avoid all these many months. Oh well. It's a process, right?
  2. Write a poem a week. Last year, when I took a break after writing a poem a month, it was really hard to get into any sort of rhythm. Can't let that happen again.
  3. Send out four poetry submissions. Submitting took a back seat to writing in April. I'd like to get a batch of work out there before the reading periods end for many college-affiliated journals and reviews.
  4. Plan a Web site and video project for my upcoming book. Just in the planning stages but I need to figure out what to do for a new Web site.

That's enough for now.


 

Saturday, May 02, 2009

24 Hours to Be 24 Again!

On this day in 1996, my husband and I met at Jazzfest in New Orleans. Oh, how I wish we were there now.

Given that we’ve had a difficult month, Tim has taken the kids for a family fun day while I have a day (and night) to myself! WOO HOO!

So what am I doing today, you ask. Well, right now I’m sitting at a booth at my local Panera Bread (taking a break from Starbucks). The first half of the day I’ll spend organizing my poems from NaPo 2008 and 2009. I just want to get everything into one file for revision.

After straightening up my writing space—the only housework I’ll do today—I’m meeting my BFFs Suzie and Tom for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman=man candy)! I’m more psyched about this than anything else. After, maybe a bit of shopping, dinner, and the required drinky-poos! I’m may even crash at her place and come back home tomorrow since the Alex and Ella will be having their own adventure with Tim. I feel as if I’ve been given 24 hours to be 24 again!

Hope to snap a few pictures, maybe even blog remotely while I’m out. My only regret? Not fitting in the new Star Trek movie into the day. Oh well. Maybe next time!

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, May 01, 2009

NaPoWriMo 2009 Recap/Meme

A poem a day—was it as good for you as it was for me?

NaPoWriMo would not be complete without a little introspection on the process. Consider yourself tagged for this meme, and let me know that you’ve posted the answers on your blog/FB page. Congrats to all April participants and readers. We ROCK!

1. Number of poems written in April.
2. Number of poems you’ll keep and revise.
3. List the titles of your top-three NaPoWriMo poems.
4. List your three least-favorite NaPoWriMo poems.
5. Favorite line from one of your NaPoWriMo poems.
6. Notice any patterns?
7. What surprised you most about writing a poem a day?
8. Now that you have momentum, what’s next?


Here are my answers.


1. Number of poems written in April: 30

2. Number of poems you’ll keep and revise: 23

3. List the titles of your top three NaPoWriMo poems.
Prayer
Advice for My Son Upon Entering Kindergarten
Zebra and Kissing at 40

4. List your three least favorite NaPoWriMo poems.
The New Thrift
Infantry
The Problem with Change

5. Favorite line from one of your NaPoWriMo poems.
"Something inside/wants to get out—a love-growl, an engine/turning over and over/in the dark,"

6. Notice any patterns?
I stuck with free verse and did not attempt any patterns. Also, I used certain words repeatedly, like "rain," "dark," "itself," "stone," and "heart." When I was blocked, I fell back on nature as metaphor.

7. What surprised you most about writing a poem a day?
How easy it was to do this challenge. I mean, it was difficult getting behind as many as three poems at a time—playing catch-up is no fun. But I really enjoyed testing myself. Besides, it gave me a focus to distract from some other things going on in my life. Guess it was easier this time to lower my standards.

8. Now that you have momentum, what’s next?
Organizing the poems from this year and last into a kind a manuscript. Much revising ahead of me—I’ll take the month of May to do that. Also, I’ll jump back onto the submissions bandwagon, too.

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