I just learned that two of my poems, “Tijuana” and “Breathing Room,” have been accepted for WAVES: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, an anthology that will be published by A Room of Her Own Foundation. It is an honor to be included.
June 17’s reading at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lima with some of my UU poetry peeps, Jacob King, Carla Thompson, and Anne Edwards, and others who took the mic was a wonderful experience, as always. We had a good turnout and perfect porch weather.
My first reading for the book at Happy Bean Coffee in Mt. Vernon, OH, joined by my friends Carla Thompson and Jacob King. Sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association, the event was emceed by Mark Hersman, Vice President. Such a treat and an honor to be featured. I even sold some books!
Remember when he says, “The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!” in The Jerk? That’s how I felt today when Letting Go finally arrived in the mail. “The new poetry books are here! The new poetry books are here!” Now what do I do with all of them? Promote them and sell them, I guess. I’ll be learning as I go, and will keep you posted on how it goes!
The manager of the Barnes & Noble at the University of Northwestern Ohio, where I teach, has ordered my book and asked me to do a book signing once they receive it. Of course, I said yes. Maybe they’ll even let me do a reading!
Publication has been delayed a couple of months (until late April), but I just received the second set of galleys for final approval, so we’re making progress.
You cannot tell the ripeness from its color
must press the flesh with your thumb
graze your fingertip across its skin
feel it give under gentle pressure
breathe in the scent of peach and honey
run the blade to cleave the fruit
along each cheek
try not to nick the pit
score diamonds into flesh
turn each lobe inside out
scrape morsels from skin with your teeth
nibble around the slippery pit
then gnaw it to get the last bits
juice running down to your elbows
dripping down your chin.