February 26, 2011
Since we last checked in, there have been two lovely posts about Blameless Mouth from two poets I admire deeply. What was neat about these posts (yeah, I said neat) was that they addressed two very different aspects of Blameless Mouth, that haven’t been addressed in other reviews thus far.
The first was from Carolee Sherwood. I’ve known Carolee from the good, old Poetry Thursday days. I’ve always admired her writing, as well as the seemingly effortless way that she blends her art, her writing, work and motherhood together. She is disciplined with her practice and manages to produce excellent poems (and co-manage Big Tent Poetry with Deb Scott) with what little time she likely has.
Carolee wrote here about Blameless Mouth and addressed, in part, the structure of the book. I spent a lot of time structuring my book, as it was a difficult manuscript to wrangle. I was honored to have Carolee address that part of the work.
The second review came just yesterday, from Texas poet James Brush. I met James more recently, through the Read Write Poem site and then again through my ill-fated attempt at writing small stones in January. James’ poetry, especially his micropoetry at his microblog A Gnarled Oak, is gorgeous and almost photographic in its clarity and detail.
James addressed a secondary theme in the book, that of consumerism, in his review. When I was wrestling with the early forms of this book, I knew that hunger and consumerism were linked, but I didn’t know how and I didn’t know if I could link them successfully. James’ review makes me so glad that I left the poems in, since he explores that link so well.
I am very grateful to both of these fine poets for their reviews. I hope that you will go by their blogs and check them out!
February 16, 2011
My body has taken over.
Since Sunday, I have distinctly felt not well. I know that it’s not serious or permanent, but I have not had an easy time adjusting. The time I would normally spend creating or scheming has been spent, instead, on sleeping and recovering.
So, I have neglected this space, which I hope to remedy soon. Because I have things to report, about Valentine’s Eve poetry readings and realizing that I am (and am not) extraoridnary and the thaw that is happening this week.
Instead, I’ll leave you with these pictures of ice on the trash can at my bus stop and a promise to be back by the weekend.
February 7, 2011
Today, the Blameless Blog Tour hits its second stop over at Deb Scott’s Stoney Moss blog.
I’ve known Deb online since I was participating in the now defunct Poetry Thursday community. She and I both moved over to the also defunct Read Write Poem community, where we both began contributing more significantly. Deb eventually took over organization duties at the site and I must say, she did a wonderful job. It was such a large project to wrangle and she did so with grace, dignity and kindness. Now, she hosts the Big Tent Poetry circus, along with Carolee Sherwood, and while I don’t participate there, I really admire their work.
In addition to her community building and organizational skills, Deb is a phenomenal poet in her own right, as well as a wonderful nature photographer. I often look forward to her hiking photos in the spring and summer. They make me wish that I still lived out west.
In today’s Blameless Blog Tour stop, I understand that there will be a reflection/review of the book. She also sent me a very intriguing interview question, which I answered yesterday. I hope that you will stop by Stoney Moss this afternoon and check it out!
February 6, 2011
My Creative Acts
My week revolved around prepping for a one and a half hour lecture/discussion on my poetry and descriptive language in my friend Darci’s class and for advertising my reading on February 13. I feel like promoting Blameless Mouth has taken over my creative life. And here I thought that my work was done after it was published. I was wrong.
- Writing lecture notes for my time in Darci’s class (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
- Arranging a poetry reading with fellow local poet Elizabeth Burns (Wednesday)
- Promoting the No Romance Poetry Reading on Facebook and my blog (Wednesday) – Have you RSVP’ed yet?
- Lecturing in Darci’s class, which was one of the highlights of my week (Friday)
- Taking pictures for Saturday Scenes at the Midtown Global Market
What’s Inspired Me This Week
On My Bookshelf
- I’ve been avoiding The Gifts of Imperfection all week. I think I have to return it to the library and try again, when I am in a more change-receptive frame of mind.
- I finished White Night and moved on to Small Favor. Thank God I only have one or two more of these books, because I suspect they are eating my brains.
February 2, 2011
Did I ever tell you that I hate Valentine’s Day? I do. I am a passionate hater of Valentine’s Day, mostly because I hate the enforced pressure to buy chocolate-jewelry-cards-flowers for your loved one. Those types of gifts should be spontaneously offered, rather than dictated by a calendar or Hallmark. I also hate romantic comedies and sentimental love songs, so maybe I’m just kind of a crank.
Since I hate Valentine’s Day and gooey love poetry, it was a lovely coincidence that another local poet I know, Elizabeth Burns, invited me to share a reading with her. The theme for the reading is “No Romance, No Valentine’s Poetry,” since it occurs on Valentine’s Day eve. Here are the details:
No Romance Poetry Reading
Because there are other kinds of music and poetry in this world.
Celebrate the love of poetry and music with:
- Award winning poet Elizabeth Burns
- Poet Jessica Fox-Wilson, author of “Blameless Mouth” (Everything Feeds Process Press)
- and featuring the music of guitarist Molly Burns-Hansen
Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM
Bean Good Cafe*
5101 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
I will be reading six poems from Blameless Mouth and I will have copies of the book on hand. If you’re local to the Twin Cities, I hope that you will attend my very first Blameless Mouth reading. It should be a blast!
If you plan on attending, I hope you’ll RSVP on the Facebook invite. Thanks!
*I am not familiar with Bean Good, but according to their website, they host poetry readings every Thursday evening. I love to find a new poetry-centric place in my town.