This time next week I will be in Utah again. I am going to be conducting a reading/workshop in my friend's English classes. He teaches 7th grade English in a charter school and has his students all worked up over poetry. I will be taking two days and going there to talk poetry and also talk to his public speaking classes about the reading of a poem. I'm getting more excited every day thinking about what I am actually going to say to them. I have decided to talk to them about the importance of the lie in poetry. I know a lot of people, especially Collin Kelley, emphasize the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in their poems, but I can't go along with that. And just to be clear, I do make a distinction between the fiction of a poem and the lie I find so essential.
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I just learned, this very moment, Foothills Publishing has accepted my manuscript, Friday in the Republic of Me, for publication. No word yet as to when it will be coming out, but I am thrilled because this book will be my little addition to the political arena of the day. I can only hope it will be out in time for the 2012 Presidential Election.
This is the picture I want to use for the cover, though I have other pictures chosen as back-up images.
Poems you can look forward to, include:
Lost in Wikiburbia
After the Photograph of the Lynching of Tom Shipp and Abe Smith
Contemplating Diego Rivera’s Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park
Ode to Neruda (Esparanza)
Friday in the Republic of Me
In My Dreams I am Always Running with the Dead
What I Remember about Desert Storm
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I will be sending a lot of people e-mails about this book, so if you are interested in keeping tabs on this book but you don't hear from me, be sure to let me know. I will add you to the loop, so to speak.