I found out on Friday that I am definitely going back to the classroom next year, which makes me ridiculously happy. And when I’m happy, I write. Not always poems, but I write. So I spent quite a bit of my free time this weekend (including a lovely couple of hours on the deck today, which was finally sunny enough to enjoy) thinking ahead to next year’s classes, making notes, and planning ahead.
I also started putting together a manuscript draft for the workshop I am taking in Iowa come July, and I completed some submissions to journals I enjoy reading. I have come across two new publishing websites that intrigue me – The Postcard Press, which publishes one postcard poem or piece of prose per month, accompanied by artwork. I like this idea of mini-broadsides very much. Also, I am interested in learning more about Architrave Press, which prints accepted poems in page-sized broadsides on a Vandercook press, the same sort I used in making my broadside last summer. This intersection of text and art is an exciting thing, one which I will get to explore more later this year through an exciting project in which I will be engaged in creating a collaborative work with two other poets and two artists. (More on that as it comes to a starting point…)
And, to top it all off, today is my son’s 18th birthday, and we did not all die in the rapture. Three weeks left until my summer vacation. And life is good.