Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, folks!

This is the late afternoon, tired-as-all-get-out version of Confession Tuesday.
This is the "I need a nap but have to go home to hungry children" version.
This is "the poetry will wait" version.

By 9 a.m. Monday morning, I had helped my son create a Captain America costume, complete with red, white, and blue outfit and homemade shield. And my daughter had a diamond blue sword made out of foam core. They battled to the death--or until their TV time started.

By noon, I had 9 kids at my house for a five-hour play date. By 2:30 p.m., there was a talent show with the boys dancing Gangnam Style in the front yard (it was REALLY cute!). By 4 p.m., I had baked a dozen cookies, and at 9 p.m. I was in bed grading papers.

All this to say I'm a little tired today.

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On Sunday, I went to a reading at Harvard University sponsored by the New England Poetry Club with Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Vivian Shipley. Now, Maria I have known for a few years through a bi-annual workshop she leads in New Jersey. She also runs the Paterson Literary Review--just a pleasure to be in her presence. But it was a real treat hearing Vivian Shipley's poetry.

Shipley is the author of nine collections and editor of the Connecticut ReviewBoth poets are well-published, active in the poetry community, and have too many accolades between them to count. It was lovely hearing them read together. What a treat!

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Ahhh, the poem-a-day challenge. I have three poems waiting in the wings, which will bring my poem count up to seven. I hope I can stay awake long enough to type them up. I'm not quite where I want to be but I'm not giving up yet.

Waking up at 4:30 a.m. to write (or grade papers some mornings) has given me a chance to think about my next book project. It's been hard for me to find a way into the past, but I think I will start writing poems of place. I don't have enough of those, and when I'm feeling lost in my work, writing about home is as good as any a place to start.

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Just got great news about an upcoming reading that came out of the blue! More info to come.

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The AWP Boston Schedule is out! My two sessions are as follows:

Event #1: Lessons from the Field: Poetry Festivals and Community Building
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location: Room 200, Hynes Convention Center

Event #2: Massachusetts Book Award In Poetry, Past Winners Reading
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location: Room 203, Hynes Convention Center

Cool. My first time presenting.

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