The reading at Allegheny College went extraordinarily well.
Endless thanks go to Christopher Bakken for getting everything set up and for inviting me back.
It doesn't seem like I graduated seven years ago, but I suppose time's doing anything but slowing down.
There were over 100 bodies in the seats, and to to be surrounded by such supportive family and friends was fantastic.
I had conferences with three students the next day, and I have high hopes for each one of them. Each student is ready not only to go to an MFA program, but to do good things there. I had no chops when I was their age (and most often I don't know if I have any chops now), and I'm excited to see what they all do in the future.
I suppose I should mention the oddness of watching the tsunami footage at 4 in the morning in a hotel room, though, since that will always be tied to such an amazing night for me.
That said, infinite thanks go to everyone for being there. It was a humbling and amazing experience.
Thanks again to Bear for publishing a poem from my new manuscript that's in the current issue of The National Poetry Review and The American Poetry Journal.
The idea's great, and though I'm sure it's not the first time this has ever happened, I've never seen a journal like this.
Sonora Review did a double issue (flip issue?) a while back like this, but here, you get issues of two different journals in the same space. Flip it over when you get to the end, and you get the Table of Contents in the other.
You should be able to order it here soon.
I was pleased to recently get acceptances from Copper Nickel and Whiskey Island Magazine.
The former took a poem from my second manuscript. It's one of my favorites and is the penultimate poem in the manuscript. Sometimes I wonder if it should be the last, but I think I made the right decision.
Whiskey Island Magazine took two poems that I hope will become part of a third manuscript. A couple weeks ago I sent some poems out to some journals, and this is the first I've heard from. The fact that it's not a rejection is welcomed.
I'm writing a lot of different stuff right now, so who knows what the third manuscript will become. I'm trying to work on a series of poems, unsurprisingly film-related, that I like. It gives me a chance to get risky and lyrical at the same time.
We'll see how they're received, but even if the reception's poor, I'm going to keep writing them. If anything, it keeps me on my toes. And if people hate the poems, that's almost always a good sign at this point. At least in my eyes.
I'm beginning my run at field exams, the first of which will be this summer.
I'm almost two years in, halfway done.
I plan on completing a third manuscript by the time I'm finished with my final degree.
I've said this before, but I'll say it again. Lofty, it is. Possible, I hope.
The VCU Rams are a huge inspiration this year in the NCAA tournament.
I didn't give myself a chance when I got there to do anything. It was a risk.
It paid off. I think.
So I'm thrilled to back a team that shouldn't have made it in the first place... so they say.
I haven't done a lot at this point, I know, but I'm going to keep at it.
Spring's here. Officially.
But in Binghamton, we'll see how official it is in a few weeks.