memorial for a brilliant woman

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Dodge Festival WILL go on in 2010!

I am so excited about this- I've been twice and it was a lot of fun.

Story HERE.

In the meantime, I am submitting like a crazy person- 30 poems out right now- maybe I'll get enough out there to be asked to come read as an 'emerging poet.'

Whatever! Anything to get carted around and stay in the host hotel!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Reading tomorrow in Poquoson!!

3-5pm, new stuff, old stuff, borrowed stuff. blue stuff!

It's not that far a drive!

Iris's Art Studio
454-D Wythe Creek lRd
757- 868-4205

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Winner of the Levis prize reading September 24th

12th Annual Levis Reading Prize
Katie Ford for Colosseum

Listen to her HERE

Excerpts HERE

This is a good choice, maybe the best since, well... let's not go there tonight.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

When happy movies make you sad....

you must be a poet.

Just saw Julie & Julia, which was fabulous (maybe a tad longish)and all I am is hungry, discouraged that I have done nothing with my life, full of regret that I sold my "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" at a yard sale 25 years ago, and even more depressed that I really don't cook much of anything fancy anymore (my husband really doesn't care about food),

In the late 60's and 70's, say from 1969-1977, I would have wonderful dinners- I hosted 30 people for Mexican once, before you could get a lot of southwestern ingredients, cooked Julia recipes for friends (with meat I had specially cut at the old Lafayette Market). I remember driving somewhere south to get 'the best local' homemade sausage and going to D.C. for Les Ami du Vin meetings. My, how things have changed!!!

I just had a microwave Kashi curry with turkey from a Ukrops rotisserie breast. Good, but not home-made and not all that amazing.

I need to get my poetry together and submit to more magazines, chapbook contests, whatever- need to work on and finish my memoir, if only for the kids, need to buckle down and get this house renovation finished, need to get to the gym, need to make some sort of contribution to the world before I die.

It's ridiculous what I haven't accomplished.

Thanks, Julie. Thanks, Julia. Thanks, Nora Ephron, for making me feel like a failure.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Poetry by Shann in Poquoson, Chapbook reviewed

I will be reading my poetry in Poquoson August 29th from 3-5pm. Please cone!

Iris's Art Studio
454-D Wythe Creek lRd
757- 868-4205

My chapbook "Always" has been reviewed.

Support Your Local Poets! Buy Books!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

weather, poets, and sloughing off years of extra skin

No, I'm not talking about weight loss, though of course that's always a goal- I'm referring to the bags and boxes of accumulation I have collected.

I am getting rid of more 'stuff'.

Tin boxes, gee-gaws, kitsch, the trivia that buries me, even though I have taking car loads to the salvation army and thrown out bag after bag, I am still barely holding my head up above the surface.

The Smart Box we have in the driveway (for the kitchen repairs) has to go by the weekend so we don't have to pay for another month (It doesn't have much in it, but what is there must be found a place for or gotten rid of). The daughter has moved all her stuff in (and has a 10x10 storage unit for household things and extras) and she has stuff to put into place.

It's hot. So outside work is slow going, but at least I have time and an air-conditioned house.

One of the local poets is homeless. He has a car and a job, but medical issues have put him in personal jeopardy and he is sleeping at the Salvation Army (for another month). he came to Shockoe poets on Sunday and read three of his new works and they are profound and touching, some of the best work he's ever done.

When poetry rises from truth it carries itself differently, walks with a firm step and speaks with quiet insistence- I hope he can continue to write in the midst of adversity and is able to prevail.