Now that I've got my new apartment set up -- though still working out the kinks of address changes, etc. -- I can get back to work on my writing projects. And Red Room has provided me with a bit of incentive, by featuring a review of my book, a half-red sea, on the site's homepage! I'm glad that people might stumble across this review -- beautifully and generously written by Nancy Kuhl and published in Rain Taxi Online -- and, thus, across my book, who otherwise might not have. I've said on many occasions, I write to communicate, in the broadest sense, which is to say that having an audience for my work is important to me. I've never fully understood those who say they write for themselves . . . . If there's anyone reading for whom this is true, please take a shot at explaining what that's about! And I'll expand on my interest in audience next time, in return.
Although I have got a full day's work ahead of me just to deal with the aforementioned kinks, I am taking time to do some reading that will help me ease back into the mindset for my in-progress book of poetry criticism. I decided to read Arnold Rampersad's biography of Langston Hughes (two volumes!), which I've been eyeing on my shelves for a long time. I'm not even through the first chapter yet, and already I have a much different understanding of who he was. Rampersad is a wonderful writer, so I look forward to an engrossing read.
Thanks, Red Room (and Red Roomies!), for the warm welcome!