Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Confession Tuesday

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for confessions. Share a little something about yourself, and we promise to do the same. Don’t forget to visit the folks seeking forgiveness in The Confessional (see sidebar).

Ella woke up at 2:30 a.m. with a cough. She climbed into bed with me, and she’s a restless sleeper, which makes me a sleepy Poet Mom today.


This is my busiest week at work for the year, and since Ella and I are fighting spring colds, I’m worn out. All I want when I get home is climb into bed tonight. But I can’t—too much to do at the end of the day.

“And miles to go before I sleep …”


I thought this was going to be a slow month for readings, but I picked up a few May dates in the last few days. Woo hoo!


Have you seen this list? It is an evolving, informal, and incomplete list of contemporary female poets writing in (or translated to) English. I think it’s has more than 700 names.

Thanks to Jessica Smith for putting it together. Now, whenever someone says, “Where are all the female poets?” Show him this list. And yes, I checked to see if my name was there (it is!). If there are omissions, let Jessica know.


I want this shirt.

The design is the first edition book cover of Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Janet Halverson.


I’ll update my to-do list this week, but I’m afraid to—it’s ugly! But I am working to eliminate some of the stress points in my daily life so I can make more time for the kids, poetry, and me. it's an ongoing battle! I'm finding it harder and harder to make myself a priority. I'll have to work in some "me" time as soon as humanly possible.


Thanks for stopping by. I really do appreciate it. Happy Tuesday, everyone!


Sandy Longhorn said...


I'm not a mom, but I'm in awe of those women who are and also write. I was listening to a woman on NPR yesterday who is a mother of 6 and also a writer. She talked about prioritizing time for herself each day in terms of the oxygen mask theory. When you're on a plane they always say to put on your mask first and then help your children.
I'm not sure if that will seem helpful to you or not, but I thought of it when I read your confession.

January said...

Thanks Sandy. I'll look for the story on NPR. I completely get the "oxygen mask" anaolgy.

Whenever I get stressed out, I remember Lucille Clifton wrote her first book with six children under age 8. Can't imagine how she did it, but I'm glad she found a way.

Sandy Longhorn said...

I'm glad she found a way as well. My life would be less rich if she hadn't.

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