And it is indeed the cruelest month. National Poetry Month 2011, here we come! A few notes that I would like to mention…
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This is to indicate my intended participation in the Big Poetry Giveaway for April 2011, created by Kelli Russell Agodon… while I would love to have a book of my own to give away, I am instead settling for two volumes which have brought me much introspection and joy: Carol Ann Duffy’s “Selling Manhattan”, and John Ashbery’s “Girls on the Run”. Guys: seriously, Duffy and Ashbery are two of the best poets out there, in my opinion. Duffy is currently the Poet Laureate of the UK; they’re both LGBT individuals too, which I find rather cool. And these two books (to be fair, Ashbery bills his as a single poem, but it’s in multiple parts) are exceptional offerings by them… I hope you’ll adore them as much as I do! My plan is to give them away to the two people on the list whose work touches me the most in the month of April, as often as I get a chance to read it.
Which leads me to my next little announcement, I may be a bit scarce for a bit. On top of finishing my degree interrupting my poetizing, my laptop (which, let’s face it, is my lifeline to the world) crapped out and will not charge. As far as I can tell, it’s still fine, but it has no battery life, and so if I can’t get the jack fixed, it is time to invest in a new laptop. (Having this happen while writing a major research thesis and gearing up for poem-a-day challenges = worst possible timing ever.) Right now I’m blogging from my dinosaur PC that has been faithful for a long time. I hope the ol’ girl can hang in there a while longer with this newfangled Internet. She has very satisfying clunky keyboard keys.
As for poems themselves, there are two challenges going on: the Poetic Asides challenge as always (which, since it got me started on poetry two years ago, I feel I have to take part in), and the Big Tent prompts, which I will endeavor to keep up with as much as possible. I will also try to keep up with the usual weekly prompts, do the blog rounds, respond to comments, and include other poetic mishmash as much as I can. No promises, though. I very well might undo my brain by the end of this… the book is coming though. My goal is to have it at least mostly complete by the end of April. We’ll see what happens.
I suppose that’s all for now… better get to sleep, as the computer store opens bright and early, and I must be ready to take the lappy over. Two more days until the mayhem begins!