Posts made in February, 2015

My Wobbly Bicycle, 90

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Archive | 13 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 90

Last week my sister Michelle flew to Missouri to try to straighten out a VA financial error for our almost 97-year-old father. She’d seen him only a couple of months before, and he’d seemed pretty good. (Photo is from an earlier visit–he’s trying to repair his VCR). But this time, in the first hours she was there, he had several “accidents,” seemed hardly aware of them as any big deal, left awful messes in his bed, on the floor—I could go into more detail, but. . . In any case, after consultation with administrators and nurse, she decided, and my other sister and I...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 89

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Archive | 11 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 89

I would like to tell you–forgive me but pretty much stream of consciousness–what it’s like to go for my 18-month oncology appointment. All day I’m restless. I go to yoga, come back, walk the floor eating my peanut butter on toast. I do not sit down. I do not do any meaningful work. I putter with a poem, briefly. I answer email. I stare out the window. I have no reason to be concerned, no symptoms. And my oncologist has told me that generally the only way new cancer is found is by symptoms. I am fine, except for this probably permanent fatigue that hits early to mid- afternoon...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 88

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Archive | 15 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 88

I’m twenty-nine; I strategize; I have a six-tiered list of 160+ journals, organized according to my often-cursory judgment of each’s relative quality and prestige. And when I speak with my peers and students about publishing, I encourage them to strategize in this way, too, and to submit to 30+ journals at once. Good lord, I had no idea. Kevin Clark sent me the essay the above quotation comes from: “The Poetry Factory: On Mass-Submission Culture” by Sean Bishop, in VQR: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion. Poetry, Bishop says, is changing in response to (1) the ease at...

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