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Oooh. The always gorgeous Cimarron Review came in the day’s post, & I can’t stop staring at the back cover… so stunning. Three newer poems of mine—“On the Long Thought,” “On History,” & “Because Morning Arrives Each Morning”—are included, & “On the Long Thought” was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the Editors. As always, I love this journal completely. Somehow, tonight, I love them even more.

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Looking forward to the Homecoming book signing on Saturday morning in the Center for Fine Arts at Knox. Advanced copies of Nostalgia will be there. Plus, it’s supposed to be a perfectly October sort of day here in this town I love.

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Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live makes its first public appearance on Wednesday, October 17 at 7 o’clock. If you happen to be in Chicago, I’m reading at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, & am thrilled to be part of a quintet featuring Beth Ann Fennelly, Julie Hyzy, Jim Doherty, & Francie Arenson.

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So much love for Denver Quarterly, & especially Carolina Ebeid.... I'm smitten with the new issue, & always grateful for the care they take with poems. Order yourself a copy to read all the wonder, & my newer work—[On the idea of art, every ambiguity,]; [Came home to the clothesline come] & [Because the parking lot was & now isn’t]—& o, that cover from Brian Barker! & & &! 

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O, Zone 3 just arrived in the morning post! Look at this cover! & my very first, "Dear January," poem is included, along with a little homage I wrote to Lee Krasner's paintings, [What we say in the dark could say]. Honored to be included. I'm taking this lovely journal upstairs with me tonight. 

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To break up the summer swoon here, to cut some of the humid, Poetry Northwest arrived today in the post. While you'll find two of my poems—[First we learn the order of continents] & [Without apology, without guilt, not slumped against]—there are also poems by Maggie Queeney! Beth Marzoni! & & &. Very much looking forward to these pages. 

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My manuscript Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live was selected by Adrian Matejka for this year's Crab Orchard Poetry Open, along with Sara Henning's View from True North. Our books will be published in 2018 by Southern Illinois University Press. I am, most of all, speechless. Utterly so. 

 

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Looking forward to reading at the Galesburg Public Library this Saturday, April 1, to kick off National Poetry Month & as part of their months-long NEA Big Read Celebration of Emily Dickinson.  If you are in the area, swing by, the reading starts at 2 o'clock.   

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Colorado Review just arrived to mark a new season. Spring, they say. Okay! Spring it is! My [Every doorframe holds tight] is neighbors with a stunning Don Bogen poem. It's official, I trust CR with everything. You should, too. 

 

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Good haul in the mail these days! Ecotone's Country & City issue just arrived with my little, [Some days landlocked doesn't mean water] & Third Coast's newest has [What keeps coming the rain, yes, & also all that]. Nights of good reading ahead of me, for which I'm grateful. You wouldn't believe the company those journals make!  

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Hey hey. The Journal has arrived with two new poems of mine, [Always, as if on cue, the trains] & [When left behind those other rooms], &, of course, there is all sorts of perfect throughout, & thankfully so.