poem a day for june

Alright, I’m trying once more with an assembled cast of characters to write a poem for every day in June. We’ll see how I do.

  1. DIATOMS
  2. MOTHERHOOD
  3. COVERED IN FLOWERS
  4. SNOW WHITE AND THE PUBLIC DOMAIN IP*
  5. RETURNING HOME
  6. (missed)
  7. HEAD WITH OPEN MOUTH
  8. (missed)
  9. (missed)
  10. ORLANDO (drafted 6/12/2016)
  11. BIG WHEEL
  12. APHRODITE’S LAST ACOLYTE
  13. ARE YOU A LION
  14. missed
  15. THE CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION MOVIE*
  16. THAT’S NO MOON
  17. missed
  18. FINALLY I AM INVISIBLE
  19. NOTES TO A POEM ABOUT GENDER ROLES BLAH
  20. SUGAR CUTE
  21. THE LAST FOUR MINUTES OF WONG KAR WAI’S IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
  22. IN THE CAPTAIN’S CHAIR
  23. I HOPE WE FIND ME ALIVE
  24. WHY I DON’T BELIEVE
  25. OF DREAMERS AND ENABLERS
  26. missed
  27. missed
  28. missed
  29. missed
  30. EVERY ACCIDENT ISN’T

 

 

 

 

 

  • titles taken from an io9.com article by Charlie Jane Anders, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is so Bad it’s Fantastically Wonderful

New poem, “Letter to the Editor,” in The New Yorker

I’ve got a poem, “Letter to the Editor,” in this week’s New Yorker. No one’s more surprised than I am.

You can read, and hear it, at this link.

When I was a kid, I’d lay under our dining room table and read The New Yorker. For a kid in a small southern town, it felt like a missive from outer space. Just the reviews of restaurants and films were overwhelming. Cuisines I’d never heard of, independent movies that never, ever came to my state. The magazine showed me there was a larger world, and yet, oddly, because it was so very foreign, I never thought I’d possibly be a part of it. And I suppose that’s played out, in that I never had a dream to run off to NYC and try to make it. But having a poem in the magazine — well, that feels even more improbable. I laughed out loud when I got the acceptance, because it was so very bizarre and unexpected.

Doing all the things like some kind of wizard

Oh god, the end is in sight! I’ve almost completed new syllabi for the coming term. It’s not as ironed out as I’d like, and maybe I don’t know what the final project is yet BUT it’s mostly laid out! It was a real challenge to try and figure out how much students could read a week of this material. I think I’m going to do a check in with them periodically to make sure it’s reasonable, since this is my first time teaching graphic novels. Still, I’m starting to get actually excited about the class rather than just hating my life, so that’s a positive!
 
I also just got back notes on a teaching article and it’s overall working! Yay! And I’m reviewing two books, of which I’ve read one and begun the review, and haven’t read the other yet (eep), both of which are due April 1. And screening for a contest.. and need to do taxes…..and…what was I thinking?!
Did I mention our spring break is inhumanely short?
 
Anyway, I’m hammering away at all of it, bit by bit. I’ve been using Trello the past few weeks and the GTD (get things done) method to keep on top of tasks and break them into smaller pieces — I really recommend this program, if you’ve never tried it.
Here’s a song that captures me working. I look just like this:

andrew bird and fiona apple? swoon

A new Andrew Bird track, featuring my girl, Fiona Apple.

Guys, I got my hair cut today. This wouldn’t be such a deal if it hadn’t been almost six months from my last haircut, and if I didn’t look so much like a witch of late. But now my hair is soft and swingy and pretty and I’m no longer fantasizing about hacking if off with a knife and stuffing it into a little doll of myself that I give to the first person I see on the street, yelling to them, “take it take it stuff it with pins!” See? Better.

Things I’ve been up to — oh, I’ve applied to ever so many grants, local, national, all of them. Ok, three. But it was a lot of work and I’m thanking past Becky for that because present Becky is giving the very idea side-eye.

I’ve been working on submitting work too, which is hard because I don’t have as much work as I’d like to send out. Which means I need to write more. Balancing a new job with creative output will be something for me to work on in the coming year, I see.

But, I got some pretty amazing news yesterday. The kind of news that warrants this:

(I did look for a cover, since my blog’s been a little Queen heavy lately, but it turns out no one does this song justice but them)

BUT I’m not going to tell you the news yet because SECRETS (no, it’s not a book). So stay tuned. You’ll know more in…ok, I don’t know. Months. Many or few. In the meantime, just drink in Freddie Mercury’s amazing outfit.