Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wonderful, Glorious Readings - Flip a Coin, Save Your Soul

This would be really hard for me to decide - unfortunately, I can't go to either, but still if I was free -- and I COULD go--mmmmm. They were all my teachers and I adore them. If you can, you should go and if you have super human should go to both. Tonight, stat, work on it.

Marie Howe:

Thursday, November 30th at 7:30PM
Faculty Dining Room (8th floor, west building)
Hunter College
68th Street & Lexington Avenue

Galway Kinnell & Philip Levine:

Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Galway Kinnell and Philip Levine will read from their most recent works on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m., at New York UniversityÂ’s Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South. A featured event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Fall Reading Series, the reading is free and open to the public. For further information, call 212.998.8816.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A good Thanksgiving poem....

Wild Geese
- Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Everybody needs a leaf bigger than their head..

and this

and this

I needed this

Monday, November 20, 2006

I think Walter is going to get his own series

Walter Gets Up for the 19,000th Time

Walter moved slowly to the mirror one day. His tail-feathers were a little less bright than usual. He tried to puff himself up. Make a man of himself. He thought of his earlier days when he was young and in love, he thought of the cold clasp of her clay-like feet. He pictured the beach and the watercolor waves. He wanted to go back there and tell himself not to waste time. To stand in front of the bird-dock and watch the bird-whales and tell her that he’d feed her forever, tell himself not to be so much of a fruitloop and a stopper. He wanted to know the ending to his life. He hoped he would feel better, more complete, he wanted to lick the mirror and still taste the salt of the bird-ocean, in his bird-life.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Now I think I want to be a country music star..who helps increase the poplulation of sandhill cranes.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006


Flight delayed, I don't love airport bars THAT much.

Uh oh!

Finished with both work events -

At the airport 1 hour early - turns out my gate is right across from a lovely place called Tequileria.

Ah, I love airport bars.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

This looks interesting - submit your work.

Call for Submissions

Junta: Avant-Garde Latino/a Writing

Latino/a writers have historically embraced
experimentation of form and craft as a way to explore
their culture. Even so, much of Latino/a writing,
published in the United States, has been limited to
particular approaches to subject and style that have
been validated by mainstream publishers. Rarely, if
ever, does the writing express the immense diversity
of aesthetics practiced by artists in the Latino/a

In addition, the reality of a U.S. Latino/a
Avant-Garde is virtually non-existent in contemporary
literary discourse about "Latino/a Art" as well as
across the literary spectrum.

Sunstone Press, an independent publisher in Santa Fe,
NM is producing an anthology that will be edited by
poet Gabriel Gomez. The anthology will feature
Avant-Garde poetry and poetics by contemporary
Latino/a writers. The tentative publication date is
fall 2007.

The anthology will first appear at a conference in
Santa Fe, NM, scheduled for October 2007, and will be
available nationwide thereafter.

Caveat Emptor

It is not the intention, with this anthology, to
categorize and codify certain Latino/a writers as
“Avant-Garde” nor to establish any notion of a
preferred aesthetic. The objective is to interrogate
the very terms "Avant-Garde" and "Latino/a
experience" as intersecting locations of poetic
practice so as to bring forth work that bears witness
to our varying aesthetics as artists and thinkers. The
ultimate goal is to encourage both readers and
publishers to recognize the breadth of Latino/a
writing and thus deepen the public's understanding of
the Latino/a experience.


Please submit up to five poems. Manuscripts should not
exceed 15 pages. Include a cover page with your name
and contact information as well as the titles of your
poems. Your name should not appear on the poems

Writers are asked to submit only electronic versions
of the poems. Send as MS Word attachments only. Both
MAC and PC platforms are acceptable.

Submit work to

Writers whose work is accepted for the anthology will
be asked to write a poetics statement no longer than
750 words.


All manuscripts submitted by January 10, 2007 will be
considered. Contributors will receive two copies of
the book upon publication.

The California Clipper has very romantic ighting!

So much fun = Palabra Pura

We had so much fun, Jorge Sanchez was wonderful and a great crowd showed up.

Everything was lovely, a great dinner, a strong and funny reading. I heart the fact that
I was even invited to read in this amazing series.

Thank you Ellen Wadey, Fancisco Aragón, and all the folks at the Guild Complex as well as the Poetry Foundation.

Now, darlings, it's late and I should go collapse.

Thanks Adam Deutsch for showing up from Urbana-Champaign and being fabulous and driving all the way! I hope you get home safely!

Thanks to Romnin for coming out and being my new pen pal!

Ooooh and to Another Chicago Magazine for coming out!

Thanks Chicago, thanks Moon, thanks stars, thanks bed, thanks pillow..........

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Safe & Sound

Well, I don't know about "sound."

I'm in Chicago, all checked in and ready to read.

I must say I'm looking forward to it - another adventure.

The reading on Monday was wonderful. Susan was a pleasure and a powerhouse and Abraham Smith just blew everyone out of the water. Lovely, lovely.

Then we all sang karaoke.

I mean, what more could a girl ask for?

Okay, so in Pittsburgh I had Flashdance on my mind - and here? I need to pick a favorite Chicago movie.

Any suggestions?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Chicago Reading!

I'm reading in Chicago! If anyone wants to come out, well, that would be lovely. This is a bilingual poetry series and all I can hope is they don't expect me to be bilingual. It will be poetry however, that part is certain. I'm looking forward to this as well as meeting Jorge Sanchez and Francisco Aragón.

PALABRA PURA Bilingual Poetry Reading Series

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Ada Limón and Jorge Sanchez
California Clipper, 1002 N. California, Chicago
Free Admission

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tiny Poem by a Tiny Girl

This is a great poem from my best friend's neice, I think we've got an Emily Dickenson on our hands (although she's already proven to be much more social).


Red is the color of roses.
Red is the color of paint.
Red is the color of crayons.
Red is the color of some circles.
Red is the color of construction paper.

By Isabele Harnetiaux

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Also, there's this!

Now, this reading's going to be a party!

Carlito’s Café

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Pochisimo: Mexicano Americanos Readings in Nueva York

1701 Lexington Ave. NYC (Btwn 106 & 107 Sts, 6 train to 103st), 212/534-7168

For a little taste of Tejas and Califas drop by Carlitos Café to hear celebrated Mexican American artists read from their works. The line up includes Rigoberto González, Christine Granados, Erasmo Guerra, Ada Limón, and Sergio Troncoso, but there will be many more talented writers, poets and artists on hand to entertain.