This morning I reached my exhaustion point for the week. It has to happen at some point. I guess a little of it was an overflow from last night as well as an worn out me had to rush to do laundry, pick up a few groceries and found herself succumbing to the call of two dark chocolate covered graham crackers I had bought at a new chocolate store that had opened.
So in response, I decided to try and sleep in a bit this morning. I still arrived on campus with plenty of time but there was no working out and no reading before class like I am normally able to do. Of course, that may have been do–in part–to the fact that we had an early morning on campus today. I had already been to the session before for students getting close to graduation but I went again to make sure I had all my dates and procedures for graduation correct.
After that session we had our final, and now I realize, my final Poetry Craft Seminar with Cathy Smith Bowers on Weaving Lyric and Narrative together in poetry. Great class. Pitiful lunch–again–then another great round of graduating craft seminars. I hope I can make mine even close to as well organized.
The rest of my afternoon was small group workshop, and I didn’t realize till it was over that it was my final small group workshop in residence. Wow. These little milestones are starting to stack up for me aren’t they?
After workshop I was able to complete part of my final residency critiques for tomorrows small group session and I just finished the 2nd part of the critique. In between were three graduating thesis readings (I stayed for two–sorry!) and in about an hour there are more readings. Sorry again but I hope my poet friend reads early because I’d like to go home and rest a bit since tomorrow is another early day with 2 seminars in one morning instead of the usual one.
While I’m waiting, I am trying to do some more looking through my thesis. Right now I am trying to decide how best to work on organzing it. I’ve heard all kinds of theories about laying the poems on the floor, of hanging them on the wall etc etc. Not sure how I am going to work it, but right now my focus is trying to make sure I have the most current copies so I can decide what needs to be revised next.
As much fun as I am having and have had in the program, there is still a part of this that is so important to me in the sense of publication and having my work read. I know a lot of the art is creating but once you get into revision and the final product it is something you want someone else to enjoy. And making it good enough for them still scares me.
But, seriously, I’m still in a good mood