Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Confession Tuesday

I confess it’s Wednesday. 

I thought about writing a post around 11:45 p.m. but at that point I had gotten about six hours of sleep over two days and I needed to crash. And I did. And it felt good. Five hours of sleep and was woken up by alarm, which I never need. This is what happens festival week I’ll sleep again on May 6.

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In case you didn’t know, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival happens this weekend, May 3-5, and I have to say things are shaping up nicely. The weather looks rain-free all weekend. The team of people we have in place—some volunteer veterans and some newbies—have come together to handle any problem that comes up. And the small details—posters, programs, t-shirts, buttons, etc.—all look great. Not to mention the dynamic programming and caliber of poets participating all lend themselves to a really exciting three days.

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Did I mention Sharon Olds and Tracy K. Smith, our two most recent Pulitzer Prize winners, will be in Salem this weekend? That’s how we roll.

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The Calvary (a.k.a. my parents) arrive today to help take care of the kids.

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Here’s my article op-ed in the Salem News called, “Why Poetry, Why Now?

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A shout out to the folks in Newburyport for hosting a fabulous festival this past weekend. The best part, for me, was hearing the work of Rafael Campo. Just lovely. Also enjoyed meeting Andre Dubus, and seeing Rhina Espaillat, Afaa Michael Weaver, Charles Coe, Dawne Shand and Kirun Kapur.

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I have good job news to share. Will save the news for a post next week. Yay!

1 comment:

Matt D said...

Thank you for you editorial, "Why Poetry, Why Now?"

The Internet will lead to a renaissance in poetry – the blogs are more numerous than I can count, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+., I'm overwhelmed by the sheer amount of poetry written each day.

Is any of it good? It's experimentation on a massive scale ... it will lead to something.

You say in your editorial, "We connect to poetry because we recognize something in ourselves in the poems — something unanswered, some longing. Poets give voice to those emotions and situations."

No, poets don't give voice to those emotions and situations. Poets create them.

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