Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Busy week so far, but so full of poetry and sweetness, I'm not complaining. Plus I am super-excited to be traveling tomorrow to University of West Alabama in Livingston, where I will be meeting students and other members of the community as part of the Black Belt Symposium. Thursday I'll be giving a keynote. Wish me luck!

In other news: our Progressive Poem is progressing! Latest line will be up sometime today at Jeannine Atkin's blog. Check out the interview I posted today at Smack Dab in the Middle, of Augusta Scattergood, author of GLORY BE. If you loved the help, you will love GLORY BE! And Augusta has much to say about July birthdays and bravery and Eudora Welty. Don't miss. 

I've just finished a wonderful book called A GOD IN THE HOUSE: POETS TALK ABOUT FAITH, edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler. I've dog-eared SO MANY pages! Look for more on this in the near future. Meanwhile, here's a quick quote:

"Doctors can heal you; poets can only give you x-rays so that you see your wound."

Also coming soon: a review of BOOKSPEAK! by Laura Purdie Salas. (Could someone just give me a few more hours a day? It's this work-in-progress... so consuming, in the best possible way!)


  1. So much to thank you for, Irene. Glory Be is next on my list so I'm thrilled to read an interview with the author, including Eudora Welty! Have a wonderful day!

  2. You go, Girl! Safe travels and I'm sure you'll give a wonderful, thoughtful keynote. Thanks for all you're doing this month!

  3. Thanks for all your help, and I'm sending you more hours. Well, you know I would if I could. You just made my TBR list get bigger, but I love that.

  4. My goodness you are busy! I know your keynote will kill it!


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