The It’s About Time Writer’s Reading Series Thursday was fun. I especially enjoyed hearing John Marshall’s reading: from his new chapbook-length poem “Taken With,” about his mother, her dementia, admission to nursing home, death. The poetry isn’t confessional at all; the language is smart and playful and full of variety; which is quite a feat, considering the subject matter. It will be coming out from WoodWorks Press in a few months. Anitra Freeman read this wonderful pair of “Credo” poems; one written about 20 years ago, and another now. Not necessarily an ars poetica, but more her life philosophy (aren’t they one in the same anyway?) and how it has changed/not changed/matured. Pesha Gertler gave a fine reading; I especially enjoyed her poem about being at a kibbutz, as a Jewish woman, and working with Palestinians, hoping for peace amid all the bloodshed and loss there. Very moving.
My craft lecture was ok. I talked about “Finding Your Subject” (and how I really believe your subject finds you). The talk is posted on the It’s About Time website. It’s pretty lame, if you ask me (my talk, not the site). But if you visit, make sure to check out Rebecca Loudon’s craft lecture. It’s much more enlightening.