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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I'm in Love with Reb

My beginning influence was clearly Anne Sexton -- no single poet made a bigger impression on me during my late teens and early 20's. It's a cliche for
young women (of my generation, at least) starting in poetry to be either
Sexton or Plath. Cyndi Lauper or Madonna. So let's say my earliest roots are

Full interview HERE.

Monday, February 26, 2007

AWP, Preggers, & Two Boys I Haven't Had

I will be reading at AWP on Thursday for Casa Libre. Come if you can, and if you cannot, visit the Con Tinta table on Sats. between 9-11. I'll be manning/girling the table with the poet, Johnny Espinoza. Meet me and pull my ponytails. I like being touched.

I met a gypsy this weekend who thought I was preggers! I guess this happens when you're in Russian bars where Julliard students are playing piano and swaying to Billy Joel. I didn't evaporate or anything, considering this signs that one needs to stop spreading butter, and jogging. The gypsy also told me my first two children would be boys, and I would have three girls from then on. Apparently I'm going to have Delgados in herds.

Someone saw this picture and thought I married this guy (Fictioner, Marco F.M.). They said we looked like we were enjoying wedding bliss.

I'm thinking of moving to Queens... and heading to Peru this summer... Excited!

B-Day Bits

My birthday was yesterday. Don't even ask my age.
I have a new pet peeve: poets with books who enter individual poem contests sponsored by lit journals. Take this contest. The poetry winner is Beth Ann Fennelly. Huh? I guess Norton publication is not enough! And Jeffrey Levine is one of the finalists! Why do these poets enter these contests? Do they need the cash? Do they need to build up their CVs? And no, I didn't enter this contest. I just think it would be nice to see new poets win these contests. Granted, most of these contests are won by new poets. But it just ticks me off to see booked poets win lit journal contests. I wonder why? It's really not my business. I need a hobby.
Bomb Magazine's Winter 2006 issue highlights Chicana/ Latino artists like Gronk and Cherríe Moraga.
Books I've recently bought:

The New Year of Yellow: Matthew Lippman
Echolalia: Deborah Bernhardt
Slow to Burn: Collin Kelly
American Spikenard: Sarah Vap
Against Which: Ross Gay
My mom forgot my birthday! She didn't remember until the afternoon.

3 Poems by Miguel Murphy

over at RealPoetik.

Friday, February 23, 2007


I've just come back from having dinner with Peter Pereria. He's in town for ASU's writers conference. We met in the lobby of his hotel, quickly headed up to his room so he could freshen up, and then we walked over to a joint to eat and drink. I only had iced tea because I was driving, but Peter had two Cosmos. We gossiped a lot. A LOT. We both hate the same people!

He was kind enough to give me a copy of his new book. Thank you, Peter!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Call for Submissions

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Latino Community:

You are invited to submit poems, short stories, and scholarly work on
Latina/o Literature for a special Latina/o Issue of Pembroke Magazine that
will be guest edited by Liliana Wendorff and Richard Vela.

Please send your work electronically (MS Word) by September 2007 to:
Liliana Wendorff (Wendorff@uncp.edu) or Richard Vela
(richard.vela@uncp.edu), or submit your work on a PC formatted disk or CD in
a Word document to: Liliana Wendorff, Latina/o Issue, Pembroke Magazine,
Department of English, Theatre and Languages, The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke, PO Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372. Please be sure to
include a brief CV, including your current address. All items in Spanish
must be accompanied by an English translation.

2 Online Journals

Fascicle 3

MiPOesias edited by Evie Shockley

Here's a Beso for

Miguel Murphy who read my collection and offered some amazing advice. Thank you, Miguel!!!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Good News in Blogland

Ginger has been accepted into an MFA program.

Gary has been accepted into a PhD program.

Charlie is being a tease.


Thursday, February 15, 2007


Deborah has moved.
9, the new Damien Rice, is gorgeous. I'm a sucker for a straight man with a guitar.
Who is Eric McHenry? He just won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Potscrubber Lullabies. Scroll down the page and view his author photo. WTF? He looks like he's just caught a glimpse of the Lord, or something. He looks so happy! The Rapture! The Rapture!

Check out some of his work here and here.
This idoit can dribble.
Congrats, Jake. Tip of the hat to S.S. for the heads-up.
I have to teach tomorrow. Crap. Time to put on my happy face.

Monday, February 12, 2007


The sun is a Tudor arch sustaining the sky.
In a moment it will fall. Blackbirds
with crimson suns on their wings
squawk in protest, and my sister,
in lovely, billowy clothes from Anticipation,
picks a sky-blue cornflower that she'll press
between the pages of the O.E.D.

In the lightless vault of words
the petal tips will caress
an adjective from the Old French.

Now, as she strays through the field,
she asks me if she's beginning to look like
Ophelia -- she doesn't know why,
she just imagines Ophelia long-haired
and pregnant -- and I say, "No, no,
you're a terrible singer and much too sane,"

and she pulls her ample sleeves
together in a solemn, mandarin way
and bows to the birds startling
the sky and bows to the dying sun
and bows to me, her younger brother,
who wants nothing more of the world
than to salt the stream before her
that she may float and float
and never drown.

David Woo


The Poetry Foundation invited some poets to list their favorite love poems.

Kim Addonizio. I think Kim needs a new author photo. She looks like she's passing gas in this photograph.

Joel Brouwer. Yet another nerdy-chic author photo. Joel does look cute in the photograph, but also smug. Doesn't he? I want to punch him. Then kiss him.

Sharon Olds. Mizz Olds needs a new photograph too. I want to see both hands in the new photograph. Where is that missing hand in this photograph? What is that hand doing?

Rigoberto González. Rigo has been Marion-ized. Enough said. I'm not saying anything nasty about his author photograph. And neither should you. He's just been named to the board of directors of The National Book Critics Circle.

Sunday, February 11, 2007


New crush: Brent Goodman. He looks so cute in his YouTube videos.
Mary Biddinger's book can now be ordered from Steel Toe Books. Congrats, Mary!

I wish the press had PayPal. But Mary might be offering signed copies on her web site soon.
I love saying "Mary" a lot.
I saw Jackass 2 last night. Crazy shit. My favorite line in the film: Was the dick hair really necessary?
Corn Shake has some good news!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Monday, February 05, 2007


Oliver has a secret.
Check out the Switchback Books blog for upcoming release parties and other good stuff.
There seems to be some confusion. Sometimes Diana Marie Delgado posts on this blog. Her name is displayed at the end of her posts. Please don't confuse us. I'm not that pretty.
Seidel is therefore a triumphant outsider in American poetry.