Friday, February 09, 2007

Authors' Bios online at Relief

Relief has posted authors' bios for issue two. Yours truly's is about halfway down the page and not at all unhappy about being in such good company. In truth, my first reaction to reading the other authors' and poets' bios was intimidation. I'm looking forward to reading the work itself.

Friday Quote: On Gertrude Stein

According to a desktop page-a-day poetry snippet calendar that sits on Great Scott's desk, Gertrude Stein's editor, A. J. Fifield, once rejected one of her submissions as follows:

"I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your manuscript three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one."

--Poetry Speaks, desktop calendar

Friday, February 02, 2007

Friday Quote: On Poetry and Cat Concerts

"Poetry proves again and again that any single overall theory of anything doesn't work. Poetry is always the cat concert under the window of the room in which the official version of reality is being written."

--Charles Simic

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Thirteen Things to do on A(nother) Snow Day

1. Let the children sleep in.
2. Let the husband sleep in.
3. Sleep in.
4. Throw the cat off one's head.
5. Make scones with real butter for breakfast.
6. Do laundry...and more laundry
7. Pull out season 3 of Hercules: The Legendary Journies, the one you bought and stashed away before Christmas in anticipation of potential snow days.
8. Listen to delighted cheers.
9. From the husband.
10. Join in the general mockery and delight of cheesy dialogue and fight scenes.
11. Let the husband field The Older Daughter's question as to why the females in Hercules wear clothes that facilitate pneumonia.
12. Wonder how much more Hercules we can take.
13. Listen to the news and discover school is out again tomorrow. Good thing I've got seasons 5 and 6 still hidden in the bureau drawer.