Thursday, April 26, 2007

update doowhop

Hey bloggerissimo! This blogger has a review of Welsh poet Peter Finch's book The Welsh Poems in the latest Chicago Review: The British Poetry Issue. But an even better reason to get the issue is the pull-out pin-up charting styles of British poetry from 1945-2000, and the loads of related essays inside. And features of British poets writing political lyrics. If you've wanted to become acquainted with contemporary British poetry, this latest issue of CR is a must-have.

And Bloggerissimo, be sure to get the upcoming double-issue of Chelsea. This blogger's amour has a story coming out in it.

Here, life's been mostly babyiferous, babylorious, babytastic! The wee flower dotb keep a mom busy and busy smiling and I'm pretty taken with the mom gig. Yes, dirty diapers, 24/7 need, and spit-up botched everything take their toll. But what an amazing fact her face, her inquiring, her fingers in her mouth.

That said, I am getting some versifying done. Writing new poems, reading, and working up the final PR bits for Dog Girl. Most recently, I've reread Adrienne Rich's The Fact of a Doorframe and am again struck by how her work has become ever more direct across her career. I feel a similar pull toward clarity, despite my interest in difficulty and mystery. Stafford's claim that we ought to bring as much light to the matter of living and communicating as possible, as "the darkness around us is deep," feels truer for me as I grow older and the depths wash over me from time to time.

Anywho, I've just finished the page description of Dog Girl and the author statement and turned all over to the press. Was a challenge and fun. For any writer, it's probably helpful to look back and consider and then articulate what you're doing and how and why you're changing across projects.

Hey, how come blogger won't allow me to link to youtube?


Anonymous Thomas said...

You should be able to link to you tube on blogger, but instead of cutting & pasting the whole html string provided, just copy from the beginning of the "embed" tag to the ending embed tag. Skip the object stuff...


10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to John for his story in Chelsea! And it's so cool to hear about Dog Girl and also your new thoughts about poetry. Maybe, do you want to post your author's note? We'd love to read it. Or you could send it to me email? Love to Sophie and John and you. XXX Deb

10:12 AM  
Blogger Heidi Lynn Staples (formerly Heidi Peppermint) said...

thanks for the pointer thomas. and thanks for the congrats and interest deb! the author's statement for dog girl will be on the ahsahta website when the book is released, which will be this september. hey, how is you anywho? xo, heidi

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