18 July 2005

Pass the waterproof mascara

Oh dear...tonight's my last meeting with the mighty Chicago Women's Poetry Group. July 18th seemed so distant on the calendar two months ago, but now it's officially in my face. We leave Chicago for good in ten days. Funny how you can just keep forging ahead and working and organizing and donating things to the White Elephant, while remaining somewhat blissfully ignorant of what's looming on the horizon.

Wednesday will be my last day of teaching at good old UIC. I'm afraid it won't be very monumental, though I am teaching English 210: Intro to Writing Poetry, and we will be discussing publishing options, so the class will have some substance. Back when I started teaching creative writing I was much more gung-ho, recommending that everyone send poems out, and universally prescribing an MFA for the future. I've become much more realistic (i.e. cynical) since and reserve that advice only for those I'm confident will thrive, and who really care about poetry.

So tonight I will officially be passing the poetry group torch. I'm afraid I won't find anything similar in my new town, especially a poetry group that's all women, and where there are people who really get what I'm doing and can tell me what to fix in a quick bullet. I guess I will just have to spend more time on the internet, starting in August...

11 comments:

Melissa said...

You'll just have to start your own poetry group in your new town!
Congrats on all going well with the closing...I can't wait to see what Greg does with the place this week!

P. J. said...

I bet you could make some contacts at Kent State or Cleveland State, both within 30 minutes of you--and btw Kent makes a good day trip if you want to get out of Akron for the day, some nice shops and eateries. KSU has the Wick Poetry Center and CSU has one but I forget the name; they might be for students but obviously they're stocked with poetry profs who could help you out there.

Or you could call Sharona and have her exclaim "NO!!!" several times if you need a boost...or was that just in my class?

Penultimatina said...

Thanks, y'all!

Melissa--are you sure you don't want me to save some harvest gold shag for you? It would look great in your barn... ;)

PJ--good ideas, and yeah, I bet my NEOMFA folks will know of poetry group opportunities. But will there be wine...that's the real question.

poetzie said...

AAAAAGH! Say it isn't so. *tear* To say you will be missed is a ridiculous understatement. I'm going to miss you SO much, our mommy talks and UIC frustrations. And your beautiful hot and bothered poetry.
I will see you tonight, but hopefully not for the last time.
And, as always, I remain in awe of you. Let me know if you need ANYTHING. I'm only just down the street. For 10 more days, anyway.

Sandra said...

What scarey but exciting times in your life right now. On to bigger and better things. ;)

Suzanne said...

Even I *miss* you after reading this post, yet selfishly I'm happy for you & hoping you spend more time on your blog. ;-)

Kathi said...

WOW it's really happening huh? Big moves are always a bit emotional, but I'm sure your going to do great! And I agree with Melissa, if there isn't a Woman's Poetry Group in Ohio, then you need to start one!

Byf said...

Frickin' Wikipedia left you out of its "notables" list.

Marlayna said...

Change can be so hard Mary. I really do hope you find all your hopes and dreams fulfilled in your new home.

Jenna Keefe said...

Okay, Mary. . . I have tried to get a fancy account set up with a picture and all, but I give up. On to the comments I have been trying to make for over a week.

I love this post because it shows what I like most about you. That you still have an identity. You do not define yourself by your child. You have a passion and you have pursued it to the ultimate degree. You have a group of women poets who know you and who "get" you. You don't even mention your toddler once in your "pass the waterproof mascara" remarks. That, in itself, is quite remarkable.

Get out there in your new town and join a group of strangers if they share your passion. Oh - and bring that bottle of wine. If they haven't included it, well - that shows they need it even more.

Penultimatina said...

If they haven't included it, well - that shows they need it even more.

Jenna, I couldn't have said it better myself, and I totally agree. :)

Welcome to my little blogland!