Sunday, August 05, 2012

Random Thoughts at the Airport

Suzie and me









I’m at Regan National typing post on the fly, literally. Forgive the typos.

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This was a trip I didn’t know I needed. Much thanks to Suzie for a great weekend. Also thinking about my family, who encourage me every day to do better than the day before.

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Our hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel—the hotel that AWP was help last year—was the same hotel Langston Hughes worked in as a bus boy. How did I miss that fact at AWP? Pure coincidence that we booked in this hotel.

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My friend, Suzie, is here for an education conference. The keynote speaker last was nonfiction writer and activist Jonathan Kozol, who was fired from a Boston Public School for reading Langston Hughes’ poetry to his class back in the 60s.

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Went to Busboys and Poets for a tasty dinner Friday night. Too tired to stay for the open mic however. Good vibes all through the place.

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Saturday was a day I could have reported on my activities all day. But I had to unplug when I realized I was too concerned with reporting on the good time I was having rather than having a good time. Some of the pics, however, did make it to Facebook at Twitter.

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I could have spent the entire day at the National Gallery. The outdoor sculpture garden is incredible.

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Was completely overcome by the Joan Miró exhibit. He may be my favorite artist.

Miró was an avid reader who thought of himself as a painter poet. As a Surrealist, he was probably the most Surreal of all of his contemporaries—even Dali. One of his paintings had a profound effect on me, so I am keeping the title close to me in hopes I can turn this feeling into a poem. Need to do a bit more research first.

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I think I gained five pounds in two days.

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OK, boarding soon. Goodbye, DC!

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