Since I’ve been looking for an excuse to post a photo of myself rubbing noses (ok, cheeks) with the novelist, Colm Toibin, I will use the excuse of not having the birthday photos developed for that reason today. The truth is that I bought myself a new laptop for my birthday, and I don’t have saved photos to post (& I mean to make this blog a visual paradise), so I went through my email box ‘ahuntin for a photo. Jonathan Harper (also pictured – sweet, sweet boy) sent this one to me. It is related to poetry-after-the-fact. Colm sang the praises of Tomaz Salamun to me in person. I later googled Mr. Toibin, and along with being amazed at how prolific he is, I found a wonderful article he wrote on Salamun. That article is now missing. I thought it was in the London Review of Books. If anyone can find the link, I will send them a poem of gratitude. Or a box of cheap chocolates. [Emily Lloyd found the article – thanks!]
In other news, I have received a couple of emails inquiring about possible belated birthday gifts. I am a cd and book fiend. You will always make me shiver with such gifts. Two things I am sorely anticipating, in characteristic un-pc fashion, are the releases of Kanye West’s new cd and Lil Kim’s too. Please give them to me. I am going to get Shelby Lynn’s new album later today for my road trip to Baltimore tomorrow. This uninhibited request leads me to my next blog tidbit: I will be in Baltimore for the next few days. I’d like to see some Baltimorons. I want to eat crabs. Hang out in backyards. Drink a beer or three. Please call or write. I love you and must leave this cafe now. More soon tomorrow or tonight.
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.