We made it! It is Friday. Thanks for those of you who read through my blogs this week. I had a lot of fun connecting my professional life with my writing life this week. I actually drafted some poems during this week as well! I’m continuing to work on my abecedarian project so the poem I’m sharing this week was inspired by that project and the conversations I heard around me from working teachers/writers/parents etc. I was working on another project with poems about a painter that I thought would be a chapbook. I realized last week, however, that I really only had about 10 poems I really liked in that “series” and that the newer material I had been creating for the last few months just wasn’t engaging me so I have folded that series into my 3rd poetry collection manuscript and one made its way into the abc project. Ya just never know where they are going to go!
–And now to dig into the revisions
As always I want you to share your work in progress via link or posting directly as I take down any works posted a week from today (including mine). And, of course, you don’t have to be working in poetry.
Here are some additional items to share:
- I’ll be part of a three person publishing panel and book signing at City Light Books on July 21st at 2pm if you know anyone in the area of Sylva, NC.
- One of the online lit mags I’m reading right now is Diverse Voices Quarterly. Love their new format. Easier to read online.
- I’m also reading Handful of Dust in which I have a poem. If any of my Summer Institute friends from the writing project stop by they might recognize that poem as I workshopped it with some of them last summer.
- Sort of reading, but more listening, how about Natalie Merchant singing old poems for a TedTalk?
I’m sure I’ll have more to share next week when I’m mostly free of obligations except the writing which is, mostly, a joy Oh, and submitting some more work. I did submit two sets of poems this week. Yay!