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journal digging #2 for read write poem

August 6, 2009

It’s getting a little bit crazy. My poetry dance card (posted to the right) is so full, I’m up all night and my feet hurt. Jill and I even made it up to Saratoga last night for drinks at a circus-themed restaurant and a poetry reading at Caffé Lena. Both of us participated in the open mic — something we’d been trying to accomplish for months and months and months.

And I’m happy, happy.

Of course, I really should be doing more work dismantling the studio and putting my house back together. (Shhhh … I don’t know if you’ve heard. I’m not the most responsible, conscientious parent, wife or maid. I’m a poet. It’s a decent excuse. Well, it may not be decent, but it’s an excuse. Dale has a great post about the leeway given to — or taken by — poets here.) I’ll get there. It’s just a matter of what “gives” first: my own frustration with the mess or my husband’s patience with it.

I’m just now getting a chance to post poem #2 in the journal digging challenge. My series title is “Forage,” and this one is “2. to conduct a search” posted at “i am maureen” (leave a comment if you need the password). This one was assembled from journal entries I found about nightmares I’ve been having the last month or so, some about a poetry workshop I attended at Tin House and a line (I can’t be good anymore) from an attempt to write a poem at a writing group.

  1. August 7, 2009 10:25 am

    I have been dreaming of the circus restaurant…well, really dreaming my father and the children have to ride in the back of a mini station wagon, but daydreaming of the restaurant. I want to go back. I want to work without a net.

  2. August 7, 2009 1:55 pm

    i had wild dreams (nightmares) all night last night. a few of them were related to you telling me about the arrest in saratoga (the man from el salvador). i looked it up and parts of it visited me all night. with other things, but still. sheesh! the power of suggestion!

  3. Michelle permalink
    August 11, 2009 3:28 pm

    I’m so happy you and Jilly participated in the open mic. I wish I could have been there to hear you. Congratulations both of you.

    And damn, a circus-themed restaurant … I’m smitten!

  4. August 11, 2009 3:35 pm

    thanks, michelle! the waiters/waitresses wore shirts with taglines on them like: “works without a net,” “tames lions,” “juggler,” “ringmaster.” hmmmm. jobs for every poet’s imagination!

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