17 February 2011


Thanks to the special miracle called Presidents (Presidents'? President's? Presidentses?) Day, my work pile is currently stabilized. Please do not interpret this as meaning that I am bored and idle and hankering to write a last-minute recommendation letter or to help you polish the gravel on your driveway. I have plenty to do. But I'm somewhat caught up, at least for this afternoon.

In most urgent news, there have been some new poems. Written by me! I am not especially in love with them, but they exist. I also found18-ish pages of poems I had forgotten about, written over the summer, so I've been chasing them around the yard with a paring knife. Or at least thinking about it.

In unrelated news, it's funny how a piece of lemon pound cake can completely turn my mood from gloomy to happy. Maybe it was the walk to get the pound cake. Or the fact that I told myself that it was okay to eat the pound cake instead of the last clementine lingering in my office fridge. I'm sure I will eat that too, by EOB today.

It's pretty empty here in the office right now. Where is everybody? It's warm out (my phone says 56 degrees) but too cloudy and gray to be truly frolicworthy.

I must confess that I've fallen a bit in love with Submishmash. I was a stalwart paper und envelope girl until now. This week I started kicking my ass a little in the submissions department, and wow, that Submishmash is just plain fun. We're even thinking of maybe using it for BOR.

Making a big trip to the post office tomorrow. Doing two readings in Cleveland this weekend. Hoping for more poems, and perhaps some relaxing, too, if I am lucky.


Sara said...

Presidenti. (Logic: octopus=octopi. Mt Rushmore has 4 presidents = eight arms = octopus.)

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...


It's "Presidents' Day" - plural posessive, since it's a day for celebrating both Presidents Washington and Lincoln together.

Good luck with your new writing!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

By the way (and also F.Y.I.), I'm still getting those Mail Delivery Failure Delivery Status Notifications every time I leave a comment here...

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently: catbad@excite.com Technical details of permanent failure: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 5.1.1 Mail Refused - Address Recipient Unknown (state 14).

Maybe you need to re-direct your comment e-mails, or just turn that off?

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Laura E. Davis said...

I love submishmash! It saves so much time and the folks behind it are really responsive to feedback. Glad you are working on some new poems. And it was awesome to see you at AWP :)

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