Seriously, how? If you're any good at teaching, you'll give it your best energy, and you'll come home depleted. Perhaps you write during the blessed summers, on the rare sabbaticals. And maybe you've made your peace with that. You are fortunate to have a good teaching job, you know that.
But this is the year of the new book, the collected poems, and you have invitations to read across the country. Some are paying gigs. You feel you need to do this, to promote the work, to give the book its best chance in the wider world. You've contracted with talented grad students to cover the classes you'll be missing.
But how do you prepare for the performances, memorize the poems, write the keynote addresses? I mean when do you do that?
How do you balance work/work and your art?
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.