A few things here before I end up waiting another month to post something...
Thanks to Nick Ripatrazone for his review of Ghost Lights at The Quarterly Conversation. This is the first official review of Ghost Lights (with more on the way), and his words mean a lot.
And thanks to Brian Brodeur for including me in his great series How A Poem Happens. I answer questions specifically related to "Ghost Lights."
Currently, I'm waiting on about ten poets to get back to me as far as First Book Interviews go (meaning the interviews were sent via email within the last six months).
At this point, I don't know if any of them will get back to me, but we'll see. Some poets respond in a week. Some a few months. Some never (which is odd to me, but alas).
Mostly this is my fault, I imagine, for getting so behind in the last year.
That said, there are at least ten more books I'm planning on reading over Christmas break, and I plan on playing catch up completely over those days. Then we'll be back on the regular schedule again soon enough.
I've had five more poems accepted from the new manuscript in the last couple of months, so that's been great. Some of them should be appearing this month.
I think there are five unpublished poems left from the new manuscript now. They're all off in the world right now. And no, it's not vastly important that every poem gets published, but since these are some of my favorites in the entire thing (it seems to always happen that those are the ones that take the longest...), and I don't have any other new ones to send out at the moment, there you have it.
I didn't necessarily overhaul the manuscript, but I did take out some older and weaker poems to add some new ones. I think I probably ended up cutting seven or eight pages and adding four or five. I think the trade-off was a good one.
Now I feel better about it as it goes to more contests and open reading periods. Fingers crossed.
The semester is done in a few days.
Next semester will hopefully officially be my last semester of coursework in my Graduate School career.
Then it's all to field exams and the dissertation (which I hope will be a third manuscript).
A lot of other stuff I'm forgetting.
Looks like there's a decent crop of films at Sundance this year.
There's also a bootleg trailer floating around for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. It looks, not surprisingly, like it should be a gorgeous film. It's coming out in May.
With all those First Book Interviews I'll be reading for, I'm sure I'll be watching a ton of movies too. It usually happens that way.
And the snow keeps falling...