I am officially done with my undergraduate degree in English, Literature, and Writing. Now that I have no homework, I am overcome with restlessness so I've been throwing myself into my own writing and reading projects. I am very nearly ready to start printing my first chapbook of poems. I've finally decided on which ones to include and am declaring them all finished regardless of what nagging revisions might be left knocking around in the back of my brain. I've been working on these poems for years now and I think it's due time I let them go. I have a few more new poems I'd like to write and include, but I'm hoping to be done with that by the end of the month. I will have plenty of hand-made physical copies to send out to people before the summer is over! That being said, I'm going to update/re-submit a bunch of the poem I have up here to reflect their final revisions.
In other news, my cello is dead. The neck snapped clean off in a tragic fall. It literally tipped over in it's case and was no more. I've left it with a luthier who says he and his crew can repair it. Let's hope that's true otherwise I'm going to lose my mind with no cello to play.
In other, other news, my girlfriend and I have started a blog called put-pockets.tumblr.com where we document our poetic shenanigans. Our goal with these acts of poetic mischief is to use poems to awaken and surprise the people who come across them. Poetry has changed our lives more than words can say, and we want to share that with other people in whatever small ways we can. Whether that be hiding poems in easter eggs and balloons, leaving jars of free poems out, or outright taping poems to the doors of every house in the neighborhood, we want to make connections. Poetry can be an isolating experience, but it can also be a very communal one - sharing potent words is one of the most meaningful things we can do with each other even if done anonymously. We want beauty to be flowing between people unexpectedly and without warning. We want more poetry and more poetic experiences in the world. Also, we don't want to be the only ones doing this. If you have any poetic shenanigans of your own, document them and submit them to put-pockets! Steal our ideas! Spread them around!