Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Here's a close look

...at the poem that I've been working on.






Here's a close look at the pencil that I've been using to mark it up.




That pencil has been busy.

Besides working on poems, I've been preparing for the Fernie Writers Conference, which is coming right up!

I've also been doing tons of reading. My eyes are ready to fall out. More likely they'll jump, bounce a few times just for fun, then roll under the desk to join the almond I dropped earlier today. Party party! Maybe I should pick it up.

I haven't been doing much reading online lately, but a few things caught my attention. This made me sigh, this made me feel better, and this made me laugh and laugh.

I have read a number of books over the past while, including Little Eurekas: A Decade's Thoughts on Poetry by Robyn Sarah, Domain by Barbara Nickel, Quick by Anne Simpson, Torch River by Elizabeth Philips, Combustion by Lorri Neilsen Glenn, and All Our Wonder Unavenged by Don Domanski.

Tonight I plan to read "The Powers and Perils of Intuition" in the latest Scientific American Mind before I go to sleep. That should make for some lively dreams. In the morning I'll begin reading Scar Tissue by Charles Wright, this year's international winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. I always have poems with my first cup of coffee.

13 comments:

Anita Daher said...

Wow, that conference looks terrific! WEnjoy every minute of it :-)

Brenda Schmidt said...

Thanks, Anita! I certainly will! I was reading up on Fernie yesterday. The history is fascinating and there's so much to see and do. Plus I'll have to scout out the best coffee and cake. Eating cake while staring at the mountains. I can see it now. No doubt I'll miss my mouth and fork myself in the chin...

Rhett said...

Smu u!

Brenda Schmidt said...

ha!

Ariel Gordon said...

For some reason, I have no problem imagining your eyes rolling around on the floor - I've seen them roll in your sockets often enough...

Completely without provocation, I must say, but...

(Speaking of eyes, I'm ogling your reading list...)

(This post wins the prize for the most ellipses ever. Period.)

Brenda Schmidt said...

Without provocation! Ha!

Looking forward to seeing you, A! Not long now...

GM said...

Smudge?

Brenda Schmidt said...

That's correct! Congratulations, G! You have won the grand prize: the chance to edit "Smudge"!

GM said...

How does one edit a smudge? Perhaps with a wet cloth?

I have one called "Starbuck and Ahab" that needs editing. Perhaps we can trade.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ha!

Sounds like a deal. Hm. That title is telling. Are all those whales out there getting to you, G?

GM said...

It's actually about goldfish....

Brenda Schmidt said...

Oh. In that case, maybe a better title would be "The 21st Century Golden Mobys"...

Hm. That brings to mind a line from Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"...

Brenda Schmidt said...

That is, if you change "swimming" to "floating' and "fish" to "toilet"...