Posts made in August, 2013

My Wobbly Bicycle, 38

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Archive | 3 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 38

Fog this morning. I love the lake as we move toward fall. Fewer boats, calmer water, and water has a late-summer warmth. Swimming is better than ever for those of us who still actually do that. There’s a softness in the water and air, a glow. We’re having the guest cottage and the porches on the big cottage painted. At the moment, there’s wild hammering as the painters remove the old wood box from the side of the guest cottage where we live. We’ve cleaned out most of the remnants of my father’s tenure: messy oil rags, funnels, and cans, old cotton sails, rotten ropes, and now the...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 37

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Archive | 10 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 37

It’s been a cool summer, for the most part. We’ve spent a number of evenings in front of the fireplace in the big cottage—at one time six grandchildren, their parents, and Jerry and me (the others had come earlier). My press had sent me a carton of 25 advance copies of my new book of poems, No Need of Sympathy. The book is dedicated to my grandchildren, and I wanted each child to have a copy. But the sequence called “The Grandmother Sonnets,” one for each child, are not children’s poems. They deal with complex emotions, often alluding to difficult situations, often from my own...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 36

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Archive | 14 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 36

Oh do not think this photo of corn field stubble resembles the top of my head! The top of my head is a finer texture, and shorter by far. It’s been 50 days since my last chemo, not quite two months. I’ve watched the “hair regrowth after chemo” videos—cute young women smilingly displaying each month’s growth. “You can generally expect to regrow an inch of hair about two months after you stop treatment, followed by a full head of hair within six months to a year,” says one site. Nonsense. I think the variation has to do with the length and duration of chemo and...

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