Posts Tagged "BOA Editions"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 43

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Archive | 10 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 43

BOA Editions asked me to write a short interview with myself about No Need of Sympathy, to use as they considered book design and marketing. I invited myself to my study, where we talked over a cup of tea.  We both are drinking green tea these days, for the antidioxants. Fleda: Thank you so much for consenting to this interview. I’d like to begin with the title of your new book.  You took your title from a Robert Creeley quotation, “Poetry stands in no need of sympathy, or even goodwill. One acts from bottom, the root is the purpose quite beyond any kindness.” Besides the...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 40

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Archive | 15 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 40

Last December I wrote, “The moment I heard the word cancer, I could feel myself cross a threshold, on the side now of those who know they’ll die.”  I’m reporting to you, after nine months, including a lovely summer, that it IS a threshold. One can’t cross back over it. Recently I ran across a poem by Chicago poet Debra Bruce (who’s also had cancer) that gets at this. Others are “snug in their skins.” She can never again even pretend ennui. “Fear’s rare air” affords a panoramic view. It is as if she floats above the everyday obsessions. Yet at the same time, she...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Archive | 31 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Hooray! My white count was 1.1. I needed 1.0, so I just squeaked by. I had my last chemo yesterday. It took two tries this time to find a decent vein. The first time the needle went in, but some scar tissue probably blocked the chemo’s flow enough to cause pressure and discomfort, so the nurse went to the other arm, the most battered one, and managed to find a good spot. Although today there are little sore nodules all along the vein. I’ll continue to have blood tests for three weeks, and today I go in for a Neulasta shot to boost my white blood cell production.  I’m in the “chemo...

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Putting Together a Book

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Archive | 1 comment

Putting Together a Book

A collection of poems, stories, or essays has to be arranged, of course.  There’s always the default:  chronological, either by content or by date written. There’s something to that, since that gives a history of your mind on its travels. But perchance–likely, in fact–there’s a different kind of history—more of a dance—only discernible when the whole is in front of you. I don’t know any other way to do this arranging, myself, but to print out the whole manuscript and lay pages out on the floor—I’m talking about poems, now. With essays, it’s easier to keep the...

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