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.