Monday, January 18, 2010
Time Keeps on Slippin', Slippin', Slippin'
60º and overcast, but not gloomy
Whew! That time thing is a slippery beast. It's a long weekend, and I still feel a little bit behind. Much has been accomplished in the last 3 days, some of it for fun (read, visiting some good friends and finally seeing Avatar, in 3D at an IMAX nonetheless...amazing!) and some of it for necessity (read, re-caulking a part of the shower window). Today was my first day of the long weekend to devote to poetry and I spent the morning revising In a World Made of Such Weather as This, AGAIN.
In the last revision, the manuscript lost a bit of weight and got quite skinny. This time I added back in some of the poems I had dropped, but I also added back in a handful of poems I've been working on since late summer/fall that still fit the theme. It's back up to being "healthy" at 64 pages/59 poems. Now, of course, I'm worrying that I wasn't being critical enough. Sigh. In any case, I have two packets ready to mail tomorrow, and I was able to submit electronically to one publisher. That is slick. I hope more publishers go the way of the standard online submission manager. Such a savings on paper, ink, and postage, not to mention TIME.
I've been meaning to post here about Beth Bachmann's book Temper, and I do promise that post, Dear Readers. To tide you over, check out Charlotte Pence's close reading of one poem from the book.
I've got a zillion books I want to read and several hours worth of school work to finish before tomorrow. Guess which is going to win? (Darn that Midwestern work ethic of mine!)