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I realized about a week ago that neither Tony or I had ever had a blueberry pie. I just made one and it's pretty good. Blueberries, Robert Frost "You ought to have seen what I saw on my way To the village, through Mortenson's pasture to-day: Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb, Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!"

Manuscript Exchange and Writing Away from the Self

A big part of what I learned in my MFA program was how to emotionally detach myself from my poems and see them as my readers would so that I could better revise them. When I was writing lyrics about museum visits and mockingbirds, this worked. By my third year in the program, I chafed in workshops, receiving critique that pointed to problems I already saw or that were informed by a different aesthetic. I had already seen the reflection of my poem that was going to be offered to me by eyes that I had internalized or rejected. And then I had a miscarriage. And then I had kids. And then my marriage matured out of its now-uncomplicated-seeming first few years. And then I started to become estranged from part of my family. The emotional detachment that I had learned to apply to my work—an art product crafted out of visual stimulus and some kind of feeling of insight from my lyric self—I could not apply to my life. My poetry began to flesh out and give voice to the parts of myself I …

Moving Time! In, like, a year!

So our time here in DC is almost 2/3 done! We'll be moving summer of 2013, and it looks like Montgomery, AL is going to be home for a little while. Probably. I've checked out this neighborhood in Montgomery called Old Cloverdale that seems awesome. It's got its own gardening group, and house tours, and outdoor musical events, and restaurants, and is not too far away from a Montessori school for Jefferson, although it is on the whole other side of town from the only Catholic school with a kindergarten. So there's that. The premature house search/droolfest has begun! So far I'm in love with one Colonial Revival and a couple Arts and Crafts Revivals that are huge, cheap, and slightly delapidated. And a beautiful Victorian in downtown Montgomery, although I don't know anything about the neighborhood. And one in the Garden District, which had an interesting write-up on ThisOldHouse.com. If I can find one without lead, asbestos, or a leaky roof, we're going …

Titles for You by Camus

Gestures Commanded by Existence
The Insane Character
That Daily Agitation
Divested of Illusions and Lights
The Body's Judgement
The End is the Absurd Universe
Revolt of the Flesh
Primitive Hostility
Secrete the Inhuman
Incalculable Tumble Before the Image
The Cruel Mathmatics
Appetite for the Absolute
An Infinite Number of Shimmering Fragments
So Many Centuries of Inquiries
Sterile Exercise on Great Subjects
Certain Evenings When the Heart Relaxes
Poisoned Peace Produced by Thoughtlessness
Which is to Burn the Heart They Simultaneously Exalt
Impulses Born of the Desert*
Fatal Game of Appearances
That Face Both Tender and Sneering
His Beloved Scandals
A Priviledged and Bitter Moment
Admitted the Absurd Climate
Without Exception, Suggest Escape
Universe Upset By Failure
The Commandments of the Absurd
A Conjurer's Emotional Trick*
The Vocation of Rapture
Feed on the Roses of Illusion
Metaphysic of Consolation*
An Intellectualism Sufficiently Unbridled

More to come!