New poems new places
July 14, 2010, 8:28 am
Filed under: JF

How exciting for bird lovers! My poem “The birds on the streets in the trees” is in the new (as in just launched yesterday) issue of Sixth Finch. Along with another poem, “An economy,” which is about gear–not birding gear exactly, but close. It’s also about being polite. Also at the Finch, you’ll find poems by Mike Young, Martin Rock, and others, along with some cool art. And when I say cool, I mean cool.

And, in case you hadn’t had the chance, yet, to pick up a copy of everyone’s favorite tall literary magazine, I also have a new poem (“The box”) in Conduit #21, “Bodies in Motion.” And it also features naked pictures of athletes, plus poems by Noah Gershman, Ben Kopel, and Amanda Nadelberg, which are kind of the same thing. Not that the poems are the same as each other–that they’re all similar to naked athletes. In the way where you just want to keep looking at them.

My house (toward the end of my street)
July 1, 2010, 4:09 pm
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I’ve got a new house on East Eighteenth Street. Its supply and arrangement have been my main occupation (some might say obsession) these last weeks, and now I’m settled here, and the rabbits are here, and there’s a runner carpet for the hall coming in the mail, and everything is shaking out just gorgeously. I walk to the Greenmarket in Union Square for big bunches of kale and peaches. I take long afternoon naps. (Thanks to the high ceilings, there’s lots of room to dream, which is good, because summer is the season for dreaming.) I fetched my Matt Neiderhauser photo from its foster home (for three years!) in Williamsburg. I drink lots of jasmine tea, and the bunnies chew on the willow branches I bought them, which they like but not as much as the last branch of apple tree branches. No matter. They like them.

We all like everything deliriously.

April 28, 2010, 10:22 am
Filed under: Reviews

You guys, life seems a little intense lately. It’s been a really busy few months–finishing the thesis, its defense and submission, picking out a law school, the magazine, lots of travel, the Juniper Institute–and on Sunday, just as the Juniper Festival and its attendant amazing readings and (ahem) amazing parties was coming to a close, I had what I’d like to call a David-goes-to-the-dentist moment, if I may. “IS THIS FOREVER???”

The thing is that whenever a larger force is acting upon your emotions (e.g. hormones, or some fast-approaching deadline) it really helps to recognize that. It gets easier to deal with those emotions, somehow, once you’ve diagnosed them.

I find that I usually make said diagnosis just a little late. So Sunday afternoon (we don’t have to go into what happened Saturday night), I answered my own question. NO, IT’S NOT FOREVER! I realized I was actually graduating. God, when I graduated from college, I cried for a month. (Happy tears.) At some level, of course, I knew that my time here was coming to an end–Ben and I have begun the apartment hunt in New York–but now I understand the emotional Technicolor I’m experiencing.

Into said emotional technicolor comes notnostrum’s review of THE TIDE.

I read it and I thought, these guys are such good readers. And what a rare skill that is. And I felt so grateful for the community of which I’ve been privileged to be part over these last three years. And I thought, I am so, so glad that the Pioneer Valley isn’t very far from New York.

Your to-do list
April 1, 2010, 12:12 pm
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Excuse me while I clear my throat. Obviously I’m a bit rusty. Sorry for the long silence.

I break it with two bits of news!

First, for those of you in the Pioneer Valley–I’ll be reading at Live Lit on Friday night. And I’m delighted to be reading with Christy Crutchfield, Katie Hoffman, and Gustavo Llarull. It’s at 8 pm, at Amherst Books as usual. Come, and be delighted!

Second, for those of you on the internet. There is a prize to be won, a prize-winning prize. You’re witty. Visit this delightful blog, write some witty captions, and if you win (over the forces of darkness), they will send you a copy of Jedediah Berry’s THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You lucky god, you.

November 17, 2009, 2:26 pm
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So Jack sent around a link to Wordle, a website that will make you a weighted map of the words in any given piece of text. Here’s one for my manuscript-in-progress, “Open Season.” And here’s one I made of a chapter (“The Lobster Quadrille”) in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

It isn’t the Puppy Channel, but it’s still pretty cool.

Lookin’ good
November 10, 2009, 3:50 pm
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The Poetry Society of America has a gorgeous new website up–congratulations to Brett, Rob, et al, for what I know must have been a lot of work. Among lots of other terrific content that I’ll encourage you to browse independently, there’s a little interview with me, wherein I confess that, as with so much else in my life, I first came to poetry as a means to avoid homework. Many thanks to Hannah for taking the photo that appears there!

Happy camper
October 19, 2009, 5:51 pm
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I am in among the leaves (in several senses, one depending whether the photo of leaves is the one that randomly loads) over at Absent. Issue number four is live! And very pretty. They recommend a “modern” browser, which I guess means that you should accept that update you’ve been putting off. If you use a PC, I hear Google Chrome is real neat.

Also, the LSAT score is back, and it is good. It definitely puts me within shooting range of all my target schools. Now, it’s on to applications: blam! blam! blam!


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