Ahem. It has been about four months, I'm sad to say, since I was able to make time to post to this blog. I am shocked that I still receive visitors here, though my dashboard tells me it is true. : ) Hello, visitors! Isn't it about time you found even a little, tiny new thing on this page???
Yes, it is! So this is my little, tiny new posting -- little and tiny because if I allow myself to try for something more ambitious, I will reconfirm for myself that I don't have time to blog. So this little, tiny blog posting, and perhaps several little, tiny blog postings to come) will ask and answer three short questions. And that's it. But it will be here for you, dear visitors!
- Have you read anything interesting lately? Yes, I have! I know I most often talk about poetry here, but I would like to send a very belated shout-out to Christina Garcia, the author of Dreaming in Cuban, a book published about 17 years ago but which I just read this month. It is an intergenerational story, and it takes place both in Cuba and the U.S., as the women (and men) of a particular family create, pass down, inherit, and/or remake their lives and their futures. It is about love and politics -- a favorite combination of mine in fiction. It includes some poetry, I should mention, including a great Lorca piece, and some epistolary segments that read like prose poems. I'm glad this book exists in the world. I haven't given you a lot to go on here (in keeping with little and tiny), but I do recommend it.
- Did you enjoy your teaching this fall? I did! I especially enjoyed teaching Paula Giddings' biography of Ida B. Wells, called Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching. The biography is so rich with details about the people Wells knew, places she lived, and times she lived through, in addition to (and as context for) the specifics of her own story, that it's like reading a personalized history of the U.S. from the Post-Reconstruction period to the New Negro Renaissance. My students and I had a blast reading this book and the texts I put into conversation with it!
- How are things with your own writing? Right now, I'm getting increasingly excited about the upcoming release of my second book of poems, the new black, which comes out with Wesleyan UP very soon! It is featured in the spring catalog, which you can see here. The catalog says it comes out in March, but it should actually be available at the upcoming AWP conference in D.C., which takes place in early February (thus the January release date on the UPNE website). In other words, soon!
Another little, tiny post may appear in much less than four more months, so stay tuned!