Friday sort of snuck up on me this week. I can’t tell if I have been sick or if it is just allergy season for me, but I’ve been in a bit of a fog . . .
Last Saturday my husband and I drove up to downtown Winston-Salem for the Bookmarks Literary Festival. Barnhill’s Books (and wine!) had invited me to meet and greet at their booth. They made us this terrific stickers with our names and one of our book covers (mine had “The Wait of Atom”). I had a chance to chat with lots of local writers such as Becky Gould Gibson whom I’m pictured with as well as Helen Losse, Richard Kraiweck and Malaika Albrecht. I saw at least one person pick up a copy of “Paper House” for purchase and I left several copies of “Fat Girl” as well as some of my last copies of the signature version of “The Wait of Atom.” It really was a nice event (although the sun was OUT) What a terrific event Winston-Salem has going.
Speaking of great events, I also read a Fat Girl poem on Tuesday night as part of the 4th anniversary celebration for Poetry Hickory. Main Street Rag who helps sponsor the event has put out an anthology of the Best of Poetry Hickory. I’m thrilled to be involved. My current work schedule has kept me from attending Poetry Hickory as much as I would have liked recently, but the spring will be much better. I’ll be back as a feature in February!
I managed to submit a few poems that were recently rejected as well as some recently new ones composed. I’m down to about a poem draft a week, and they aren’t all keepers. But, I’m trucking along!
I do have a poem for you today. I wrote it LAST NIGHT! This is my first typing up of it. The formatting is not going to look completely correct. The intent is that the words in parenthesis would be tabbed over some and that the last line would be tabbed over far to the right, but accomplishing that with my limited HTML skills is a bit more than I have time for this morning.
As always with any poem share portion of this: please share your own in comments and/or link to it. You can feel free to comment on mine or others (be honest, fair and kind). I will take down any poems posted (including mine) next Friday.
This week my classes had mock interviews, in class debates and peer review for first rough drafts. Next week we’ll be talking about revision, basics of argument essay writing and teamwork. For grammar I’ll be focusing on conjunctions. Have you given much thought to the power of and, but, or, so, although? Maybe that is your writing challenge for today. Play with words.
Always play with words
-Quick add: I forgot to add this great poem by one of favorites Carl Sandburg that was on the poetry app!