You know the drill.
These photos are too good not to show off. Last Thursday, the kids and I went to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for a party called PEM/PEM: Free Form. Artist Nick Cave was there for a fun evening featuring an authentic dance "invasion" of his strangely beautiful Soundsuits—wearable fabric sculptures comprised of a colorful bricolage of materials including twigs, sisal, beads, sequins and feathers. With the help of electronic musician, Kooky Scientist, (yes, that’s his name), we danced the night away as performers in Soundsuits performed and roamed through the crowd.
Here’s Ella before we went in to the museum. It was the perfect event to bring the kids to during school vacation week.
A good time had by all.
I can’t remember the last time I went dancing. This party happened in the middle of last week, in a week where we needed a little levity.
Let’s see, I think I have about 17 poems for my Poem-a-Day challenge. It’s been helpful just getting the thoughts down and going back to them a few days later to type them up. Even though they are not full-fledged drafts, I'm thrilled that I've written a few pieces I like. It's not easy making something out of nothing. The PAD challenge also allows me to focus on myself for a few minutes, which, I think, is helping me stay on track.
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is a little more than a week away, so between planning and wrapping up the end of the semester, I am busy beyond belief. But I’ve been able to keep myself grounded, meaning I am eating, sleeping, and writing—things I didn't do this time last year. Maybe it’s getting easier. I don’t know. My job is to try to make it all look seamless.
The roster of poets coming May 3-5 pretty amazing, if I do say so myself: Sharon Olds, Terrance Hayes, Tracy K. Smith, Nick Flynn, Jill McDonough, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Martín Espada, Arthur Sze, Gail Mazur, Eduardo C. Corral, Kevin Goodan, Erica Funkhouser, Steve Almond, John Murillo, Aimee Nezhukumatathil—just to name a few. Check out the schedule.