Wednesday, April 21, 2010
57º ~ more sun than clouds, a storm system building in the West, two days out
It's the middle of week 15 of a 16-week semester (not counting finals), and I'm feeling about as wrung out as I've ever felt. AWP happening so late in the spring sort of pushed me over the edge. I slept 10 hours last night...a good soaking sleep, aside from a dream about being chased through the woods and eventually through a cabin by a killer bobcat which paused to kill a goat and a wild turkey during the chase...and still feel like I could sleep all day today. Alas, teacher duties call to me.
For today, some good news:
Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz chose one of my poems for inclusion in their persona poem anthology: A Face to Meet the Faces. It turns out that my poem will rest alongside poems by many friends, both old and new. Yay! My hat is off to both Stacey and Oliver for undertaking such a project; I have all the faith in the world in these two editors.
Also, if you haven't already, please drop by Linebreak and read/listen to Joshua Robbins' amazing poem "Heaven as Nothing but Distance" which I had the great honor to record.
Many thanks to Kelli for posting this on her blog first. Out of Print Clothing sells t-shirts imprinted with the covers of old book covers. To make the deal even sweeter, OofPC says, "For each shirt we sell, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa." As soon as I've paid off my credit card for AWP, I'll be buying several of these t-shirts!
You all know how I feel about advocating for literacy. Here's just a reminder that if you haven't already switched, you should be buying your online books from Better World Books. Not only do they support literacy programs in America and abroad, but also they have a carbon offset shipping option that is eco-friendly! Oh, and they buy used college textbooks, too. Seriously, why aren't you shopping there?
Finally, I'm a little late to the game with this one so you probably saw it yesterday. Terrance Hayes' poem "The Golden Shovel" was on Poetry Daily yesterday. You must read it. Now!