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[The subject line's from Allen Ginsberg's The Lion for Real]

A downside to being an adult: having to say no to picnic plans because copyediting comparative lit crit is currently kicking my butt.

An upside to being an adult: I am currently baking banana-cardamom-rum-chocolate-chip bread. Because the bananas were ripe, and because I can.

Another downside: more mourning. The price of becoming fond of more people.

Another upside: friends sending Smooch Lions!


In today's mailbox: the newest issue of UU World, which includes my poem "Proportions."

Horsies I correctly picked to win today: Dancing Lion (Monmouth allowance), Imposing Grace (Arlington Matron Stakes)

A horse that placed: Admiral Kitten (Arlington Classic)
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The Spring 2007 issue of flashquake is up, with two of my poems: "She says, follow the graves" is an Editor's Pick, and there's also "Hosiery running deep."

The titles for both pieces come from poems by Reb Livingston in Wanton Textiles, a chapbook she co-wrote with Ravi Shankar (whose poem Simpatico remains one of my very favorites from the Motel).

In addition to writing poem-prompting poems, Reb also has good taste: one of my poems was included in the first NoTell Motel anthology she compiled, and another will appear in the new one currently in press. Isn't it a fabulous cover? Sexy times ahead! :-)
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Led hymns at church this morning. The theme of the service was "forgiveness"; Marguerite led a discussion about Ford's pardon of Nixon as the "Story for All Ages." Rebecca's sermon included the line, "Forgiveness is giving up hope of a better past."

I'm at work, but this is ok. Some chores are easier to tackle after-hours (e.g., scrubbing out the microwave), I'd be stuck in stadium traffic if I were to try going home right now, and the hours I'm putting in will pay for the bottle of prosecco or Clicquot I'm going to pick up on the way. The hours I'm putting in tonight and tomorrow will go into the bathroom renovation fund. Also, I like the work -- as I was telling the BYM, scripting case studies is not too far removed from my favorite part of role-playing (the character-creation phase).

Other good things:
  • Received a surprise email from [ profile] dkolodji - "The Stepsister" was runner-up for the inaugural Dwarf Stars Award.

  • A nice review of both the "The Stepsister" and the anthology at Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm.

  • Just had cucumber-avocado sushi for elevenses. I remain elated that supermarket sushi is now mainstream.

  • Accomplished a fair amount of cooking and cleaning over the past two days, including a pan of carrots for Room in the Inn, another pan for home, roast beef with onions, cornbread stuffing with mushrooms, and chicken with orange sauce.

  • Getting paid for a freelance project within a week (from a vendor who usually takes longer).

  • Janet Wyman's Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage. This is my favorite kids' book at the moment -- good design, nifty anecdotes.

  • It's rainy, but it's also 66 F. It felt very good to be outside this morning. The dog agreed.
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    Via [ profile] matociquala: Light (click) a candle to benefit AIDS research.

    Back from New Orleans, where Saz and Erac hosted Thanksgiving dinner -- roast turkey, mashed potatoes (with a half pound of cream cheese blended in), green bean salad with a mushroom-based dressing, cranberry-orange sauce, a sweet potato/green pepper/andouille/cheese casserole, more sweet potatoes with marshmallows, a fennel-orange salad, cremes brulees, and a lot of wine. The following morning, another couple hosted brunch, which included ginger-and-cilantro-seasoned scrambled eggs and many mimosas. And brunch this morning was at a restaurant in the French Quarter called "Eat" (the crawfish pie wasn't fabulous, but the shrimp grits are recommended).

    Around the eating, there were some nice walks (including a trip out to Barataria Preserve, as well as a stroll by the river) and good talks, as well as much sleeping on my part (because I am boring and still Not Well. One of these years I will again have the stamina to go see a show when I'm down there -- or just to stay awake past 10 p.m. without obscene quantities of napping -- but it definitely wasn't an option this trip).

    Also, three days without the laptop or cell phone = a good break.

    Also, my copy of Dwarf Stars was in the mail stack when I got home. ("The Stepsister" is reprinted therein.)

    Good to see people. Good to be home. And so to bed. *rueful smile*
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    Was up too late and up too early (in relation to the too-lateness, that is), and there was a rejection for two poems in my in-box when I opened it. And I don’t have enough left in the mental tank to get any new submissions out the door before midnight.

    On the other hand, I’m not sick yet, my beta-reader remains awesome, and there are other good things as well:

  • Receiving my copy and payment for On Our Way to Battle. (Thanks, [ profile] samhenderson!)

  • The Library of Congress online card catalog and Amazon's look-inside-the-book feature. Vetting citations has never been easier...

  • The NYT’s article on Robert Fagles and his new translation of the Aeneid, and also that I noticed it because it happened to be #2 on the most-emailed list.

  • Songs from the Labyrinth is still delighting me during my commute and coffee breaks. It’s been reminding me both that Dowland is a hell of a songwriter and that Sting has that x-factor that separates okay musicians from those who have the knack of knowing when and how to bite off a phrase just so or stretchhh it out a second longer (I’m captivated by how he sings the word "eyes" two different ways in "Clear or cloudy" -- a very small detail, but it makes the performance for me.)

    I don’t happen to possess that x-factor when it comes to music or calligraphy – I’m okay at them on my good days, but I’m never going to be great at either. And it’s not nearly present enough during most of my efforts at writing, either -- but I have been gifted with a measure of it there, and when it does kick in, oh is that a good feeling. When instinct and training and practice manage to intersect such that I know I’ve locked the right words into the right order to make the reader laugh or gasp or suck in their breath in recognition – in those moments, I am myself most alive.

  • The sooner I get through my current deadlines, the sooner I can get back to leaving saucers out for the prowling half-truths and stinging rhythms (pace Viereck). Onwards, then.
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    On Our Way to Battle: Poetry from the Trenches is a limited edition chapbook that will accompany the first 100 copies sold of From the Trenches, an anthology of speculative war fiction. The collection will officially go on sale at World Fantasy Con, but it can be preordered from Shocklines or Carnifex.

    ([ profile] samhenderson posted the TOC last night, and it's a seriously impressive roster. Finding myself sandwiched between Joe Haldeman and Michael Livingston is not a bad way to wake up. *wicked grin*)
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    I'm caught up on neither sleep nor chores, and my laptop is in the shop yet again, so I'm a weepier and crankier Peg than usual. But I'm slogging my way back towards equilibrium line by line, and oh, the blessings, they do abound:

  • [ profile] athenais captured a rose this morning. Gorgeous. It reminds me of Lord Leighton...

  • Lumos was fun and stimulating, and I collected all sorts of images and phrases and knickknacks to distill into poems and gifts and essays and even my next sermon ("An Orthodox Christian mystic and 'Sister Blowtorch of Pragmatic Idealism' meet in an Irish pub...").

  • I'm the featured poet in the August 2006 print edition of Scifaikuest.

  • I have a new manuscript to edit.

  • I'm wearing "The Habits of Fire".

  • George Gamow's My World Line.

  • Fresh basil.

  • My frisky, funny dog. Even if she does think hotel soap tastes yummy. *sigh*

  • And so much more.
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    The new issue of Boxcar Poetry Review is up, and it's a good one -- and not only because it includes poems by me ("The Party Dress of Pomegranate Seeds") and my friend Mary... I especially like that the editors asked us to recommend other poets (listed on the master contributors' page).
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    If you're curious about the contents of Becoming Fire, there's now a PDF with some excerpts from the book, including my poem "Rosh Hashanah."

    My mail this week included a box of "Artist's Challenges" from [ profile] elisem (who's having a monster of a jewelry sale here, incidentally). For those of you not yet acquainted with Elise's schemes, what this means is that I now have a bundle of earrings and hair-jewelry that I've promised to incorporate into upcoming poems or stories or artwork. I'm not letting myself wear each piece until I produce a draft related to it, so that should get me cookin'.

    No Tell Motel's reading for their 2007 Bedside Guide (I'm in the 2006 anthology). The deadline is 30 June 2006, and I know some of you reading this have poems that might suit them.
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    mechaieh )

    laments for makaris )

    Peter Viereck )

    My reality includes the fact that being underproductive makes me cross and mopey, and it's been that kind of day (and week, for that matter). That said, I did manage a number of chores and errands, which did include a stop at the bookstore, where I caught sight of this week's Economist cover and burst out laughing (no, not nice of me at all. Alas). Also, Green Man Review gave the The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature a rave review, and my copies of Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations arrived today (the anthlogy includes my poems “Rosh Hashanah,” “A Prayer,” and “A Whisper").

    Sparing not your faculties... sing anyhow. Onwards.

    ETA: oh, right, this started with a meme a couple of screens ago... Tagging (but only if they want to be...) ... [ profile] busaikko, [ profile] musigneus, [ profile] xanthophyllippa, [ profile] qrssama, [ profile] athenakt, [ profile] qe2, [ profile] suedejesus, and [ profile] retrobabble. (With some of you, I've my guesses, but I don't actually know...)
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    Announcing Rhymes for Adults, a chapbook-anthology being produced by my friend Mary Alexandra Agner.

    Reasons to pre-order it?

  • it will include my sonnet "Strain," one of the best poems I've written to date

  • you'll also see poems by Moira Egan, Marilyn Taylor, and other superb writers

  • I'm very excited about this... and itching to finish some other formal pieces I started last month. Alas, there be no-longer-put-off-able errands and billable deadlines still ahead of them in the queue. Onwards...
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    The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature is now in print!

    (I wrote several dozen entries for it. It feels good to see several years' of work finally on its way to library shelves.)

    Also (mentioned here a couple of months ago before the site went live), a number of my poems are now available for use on e-cards at BlueGreenPlanet, an e-card and eco-education site. The site is run by artist Janet Chui, whose own paintings are gorgeous.


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