I don't think I'm a very rageful person but if those doctors took out my grandmother's gallbladder, my 84 yr old grandmother who lives alone and has post-polio syndrome, without actually needing to, I might drive down to Rhode Island and personally break every finger on every hand on every doctor who thought it was a good idea to wield a knife and take an organ away from an elderly person who does not need to spend any more time lying in bed than absolutely necessary. Sigh.
In less vengeful news, after a mild scare, my grandma is recovering quite well now. When I went to visit her this weekend I picked flowers from her garden and placed them on the mantel. And then we watched ladybugs have sex on her wall. Which prompted her to say, "you don't need to know about the birds and the bees when you have ladybugs." True.
I also spent about 5 minutes collecting all the ladybugs that were skimpering around her walls and screendoor and letting them back into the wilds of RI. It is bad luck to kill a ladybug and I think that by proxy, it's bad luck to see one trapped indoors and let it die.
a) having to finish Pale Fire
b) having to then write a paper on Pale Fire
c) having to read proposals for the editorial board meeting tomorrow
d) feeling mildly panic-y about other things that need to get done
I'm missing this reading as we speak:
Monday, October 22, 8 PM
Rachel Zolf & Matt Henriksen
Rachel Zolf’s newest collection of poetry, Human Resources, was released in spring 2007 by Coach House Books. Her previous collections are Masque, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Her absence, this wanderer. Belladonna* books published a chapbook of her poetry in 2005 entitled from Human Resources. Zolf lives in Toronto and was the founding poetry editor of The Walrus magazine. She is presently working on a new collection examining competing knowledges in Israel-Palestine. Once a teacher in the public schools, Matthew Henriksen is now a freelance copy editor and carpenter’s assistant. He has a chapbook, Is Holy, from horse less press. He founded and continues to edit the online poetry journal Typo with Adam Clay; curates The Burning Chair Readings; and co-edits and produces Cannibal with his wife, Katy, in Greenpoint.
You should buy the new issue of the Denver Quarterly. I have a poem in it as do many others. And Those Others are awesome poets. G. C. Waldrep's two poems made me happy and I'll probably talk about them later. Also, Elizabeth Robinson's poems.
VOLUME 42 NUMBER 1, YEAR 2007
CONTRIBUTORS: Nin Andrews, Dan Beachy-Quick, Jack Boettcher, Deborah Brandon, Amy Catanzano, J'Lyn Chapman, Julia Cohen, Corina Copp, Eric Elshtain, Thomas Fink, John Gallaher, Elena Georgiou, Noah Eli Gordon, Gretchen E. Henderson, Noy Holland, Fanny Howe, Evelyn Ibarra, Megan Kaminski, David Lazar, David Dodd Lee, Kimberly Lojek, Dora Malech, Malinda Markham, Karyna McGlynn, Stephen O'Connor, David Parker, Simon Perchik, Kathryn L. Pringle, Elizabeth Robinson, Emily Rosko, Laura Solomon, Page Hill Starzinger, Brian Strang, Brian Teare, John Tipton, G.C. Waldrep, Daneen Wardrop, Marjorie Welish, Jordan Windholz, Margaret Wycisk
You can buy a copy of this issue (or 10 copies, Mom) for $10- send a check to:
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
2000 E ASBURY
DENVER, CO 80208
or go online and get yourself a subscription: Denver Quarterly
It's passed 8pm and I need to leave my office.