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!)


Karen J. Weyant said...

I love Temper -- I thought it was one of the best books I read last year. I've been thinking about writing a brief post about contemporary women poets write about violence...

Sandy Longhorn said...

Sounds great, K. I'd love to read that post.