This morning I am enjoying my new cd, “Life in Slow Motion,” by Brit singer, David Gray. My French friend, Elisabeth Picq, introduced him to me years ago, along with St. Andres cheese (which is surprisingly absent on the internet). I tend to prefer cheeses that smell like feet lately. Gubbeen is my most recent bacterial discovery. This cheese seems to be made mostly in Cork, Ireland. I have been to Cork, but I never ate Gubbeen there.
I am proud to say that another one of my friends is actually in Cork this very morning delivering a paper on the short story writer, Frank O’Connor. I am not proud to say I’ve never read a story by O’Connor (the opposite holds true for my trysts with Flannery O’Connor). Anyway, I’ll have to fix this deficit shortly.
You can watch Gray’s sappy new video, “The One I Love,” by clicking here and scrolling down to select your media player preference. Other samples of extreme emotion from “A New Day at Midnight” can be tapped into here.
Gray is only a year older than me. I wonder if he’s followed my poetry as long as I’ve followed his music. If anyone knows, I need an update.
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.