83 deg ~ conditions continue the same, good sun, good breezes, cool enough in the shade
Today, many thanks to my friend Stephanie Vanderslice who directs the new Arkansas MFA Program at the University of Central Arkansas and writes for The Huffington Post. In her article "Should I Read or Should I Write?" Stephanie references me and kindly links to this blog. I believe she is referring to a status update I posted on Facebook last month. I wrote: "Just realized that people who aren't writers don't have the terrible
dilemma of having to decide whether to read or write with the time they
have to do so."
If you are dropping in on the Kangaroo for the first time, I blog about contemporary poetry and how I fit my writing life in around my teaching life. I also post draft notes for each new poem I draft. During the academic year, this happens once a week when things are going well. Currently, I'm in the midst of a self-imposed homestead writing residency to finish my current project, so you'll see a lot of draft notes. If you flip back beyond June, you'll find some of my mini-responses to books I've read and readings I've attended, along with links to work I've published.
The weather reports are a function of my second manuscript, which was largely influenced by the weather and the fact that I was reading a journal written by an Iowa farm wife in which she notes the weather for each entry. I found I liked the habit.
Welcome to the party, I hope you'll stay awhile.
In response to Stephanie's article, I'll just say that I'm luxuriating in the fact that for the month of June I won't have to choose between reading and writing. As of July, I'll be back to juggling and prioritizing around other life events and responsibilities.