Anonymous was a woman, the saying goes. And sometimes I think I've become her, through no effort of my own. I'll be performing poetry at AWP, for example. But you won't find my name on the program. On Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., I'll be putting on a show at the Seattle Convention Center, fourth floor book stage, as part of the Cutthroat Journal mentorship program. Joy Harjo is a mentor, and so is Pamela Uschuk, and William Pitt Root.
But AWP didn't include my name. At first, I thought "Why fly all the way to Seattle to become anonymous?" And then, "What's the point?" But I'm going, and I'm going to embody my poetry and put on the best show, ever. I'll perform poetry for Cutthroat and the audience, because I said I would. And I adore my co-performers!
And if I give it my best, I may go on as "anonymous"--but I won't leave the stage that way!
If you're there, wear something red, so I'll know you're a Red Roomer, or you saw this on Red Room. My name is Marilyn Kallet and I'm a poet. Good to meet you!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.