This is a photo of me from my book signing at the CavanKerry Press table. Underlife is the little book that could. It continues to open doors I never thought possible. So indulge me while I share a few of the things I’m most grateful for—AWP Style!
I am grateful …
to have a book. I know how hard it is to get a collection published these days.
to have a few minutes to speak with Toi Derricotte. I’ve known her since 1987, and I consider her a friend and mentor. It was wonderful to be able to catch up with her about what I’m doing and the interesting projects she’s working on.
to speak with Marie Howe, who took the time to have a real moment with me at her book signing. I’m hoping to take her workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown this summer.
to finally meet Kelli Russell Agodon, Martha Silano, Deborah Ager, Mary Biddinger, and so many poet bloggers. I am equally thrilled to meet some of the people I follow of Twitter—what a pleasure.
to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones.
I could go on, because I am grateful for a lot. So many AWP memories I'm still unpacking.
I had a really bad cold in D.C.—just starting to feel better. Thanks to all who put up with my hacking and nose-blowing. Hope I didn’t infect anyone. Ugh.
Because I was sick, I didn’t take as many pictures or talk to as many people as I had hoped. I was really off my game. Didn’t even make it through the entire book fair. Oh well, maybe next time, which will probably be Boston in 2013. I don’t do Chicago in February, which is the 2012 location.
Still playing catch-up. The kids are happy to have me back and need extra attention from mommy. Lots of hugs and kisses flying freely in the house. Alex was just happy I didn’t visit the White House—he was afraid I’d meet the president without him. HA!