Ah, Friday of residency. When everyone starts to get a little weak in the head Or wait, is that just me?
Had to be to campus by 9 and I left way, way early but because of an accident I only arrived at class 10 minutes before it started. I usually like to be on campus at least 30 minutes before so I can read a little or chat. But the classes were worth it. The first was Stage/Screen and while I didn’t really enjoy the material we read and watched before class, I found the actual in class portion great fun.
After Stage/Screen we had a wonderful Fiction course with Pinkney Benedict. Man he is too smart for his own good and from WV. Who knew they could do produce such brains! Lunch was a little better today because they had some wrap sandwiches. Good thing cause they kept me full through several Graduating Student Seminars. I attended one on Writing Across Gender and Culture, The Poetic Sequence and Revision is 20/20. Nice done me peeps! I hope I can live up to the great classes this year when I present mine in January.
We only had one person to critique this afternoon and then I had my one-on-one conference with my workshop leader for this final term. I have a HUGE but wonderful reading list and someone who really seems to understand my drive to move forward from the types of poems in my thesis versus the new type of poems I want to write. I won’t besmirch my thesis work but it is just much different from what I want to pursue in the future. Which worries me a bit when I think of all the revision I need to do to have the thesis/hopeful first book finished while still moving foreward but I’m hopeful.
I wimped out tonight and had a sandwich before coming home but I’m missing the faculty reading tonight. I’m just so out of steam. I have Dirty Jobs on in the background while I finish making sure I have all the most current drafts in my thesis document so I can reprint it. I’m looking forward to organizing the poems next week before I start significant revision. My plan is to tape them all up on my sliding glass doors so I an move them around and see which ones want to take up residency next to each other.
Half a day tomorrow and then I’m done. Whew. Whoever said a Low-Res MFA is somehow easier than an in-resident MFA really must be crazy. I swear I never did as much work before going to the residencies as I did when I was taking undergrad workshops!