I’m starting to take a step back and examine my own work and also other writing. I’m always working on trying to do new and interesting things, become better in craft. In a ways, I feel like I’m shadowboxing some times as I’m not a big participant in writers groups or other clique like things writers do (though I run a reading series/chapbook publisher but the mission of that is to only be held to good writing and nothing else). In 2015, I’m considering the plunge into a nearby local (low residency) MFA program. I want to do it starting January but with the wedding coming up, I might be pushing myself to do too much in so little time and that’s something I have to be better about.
I’m struggling right now trying to come up with a good arc (or multiple arcs) for the live readings of The Bones of Us. What I keep having mapped out is about 80-90% sad bastard, 10% funny, happy. I know that’s a bit of an imbalance. I also know I don’t want to bombard people with poems in the features (and depending on my audience, I’ll balance out doing memorized work and readings from the book). It’s a challenge when you are creating a live experience for any reading feature, regardless of form. With poems, you have more room to banter, more time to rehearse (shorter poems are easy for me to memorize at this point). It’s something I’ll be agonizing over the next six weeks before the West Coast tour begins.
I have a new poem over at This Zine Will Change Your Life. It’s one of those poems I was scared to write but needed to.
Also, the latest installment of I Am Trying To Break Your Sex Laws is up and you can check that out here.