Monday, May 30, 2016

Raining Poetry

No one is more surprised than me about the popularity of Mass Poetry's Raining Poetry project. This video, produced by New York Magazine, has 20 million views and counting!


While I did not organize this project, I couldn't be happier about its success. Who knew that putting invisible poems around the city would elicit such a reaction? Poetry in the public sphere. Maybe folks like the surprise of it, or they like encountering art rather than going to it. It rained this morning, so I hope more people were able to see the art on Memorial Day all over Boston.

Where are the poems right now?

Langston Hughes - Dudley Square (by Dudley Square Cafe)
Gary Duehr - Upham's Corner (by The Strand)
Barbara Helfgott Hyett - Roslindale (by Adams Park)
Elizabeth McKim - Hyde Park (by the Library)

More poems are coming! Find out more about Raining Poetry.

And DONATE, so we can add more poems to our rainy-day collection.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hello, it's me.

I'm here at my favorite perch in Starbucks.


Hello. It's been a while--long enough for me to miss my blog! There have been many times I had thought about writing: my reading with Ross Gay, AWP, Mass Poetry Fest. But it wasn't until the passing of Prince did I need another way to express myself. So there is a Prince post brewing. It's only been a few weeks yet it feels raw, like it happened yesterday.

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The last few months have been both joyous and exhausting. Work, in general, has been overwhelming. Some of it was my doing. With any luck I will finish my spring semester grading today or tomorrow, and then I will have the summer to chillax. (That's right, I said chillax!)

I felt as if I've been off track and off course. I let the day-to-day stuff overwhelm me. I wasn't as proactive as I usually am. At one point, I stopped making a to-do list because if everything's a priority, nothing is a priority. I feel it in my neck muscles and the restless nights of sleep. The weeks are catching up with me. Thank goodness for spring and its renewal.

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Since the festival, however, I have made steps to find a bit of balance. I'm going back to the gym and starting to write again. Haven't written a poem in six months. It started out as a choice not to write poems, but then it became something I eliminated from my schedule to save time. I know better.

Even writing this blog post feels pure, something for myself. I miss writing for myself.

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The kids are great. Life is good. The temp is above 70 degrees. There's a shift back to the positive. I'm at Starbucks having a venti hot chocolate. What could be better?

This weekend, I'm attending the Morning Gardens retreat. The last time I attended, I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. This past weekend for Mothers Day, the kids and I saw Captain America: Civil War. Something about Marvel and Morning Gardens equal my unofficial start of summer.

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As for the blog, it needs an overhaul. That will happen over the summer. For now, this is enough.

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