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[Subject line source: Mark Jarman, "Last Suppers"]

Several things going on, publication-wise:

  • The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel - Second Floor is now on sale. It includes my poem "Coat."

  • My copy of Dwarf Stars 2007 arrived in Saturday's mail. SFPA/Gromagon Press, $5. I haven't sat down properly with it yet, but I giggled at David C. Kopaska-Merkel's "chickzilla" and I'm thrilled to be in the same publication as Jane Yolen.

  • Received acceptances for two poems and three drabbles, for Tears of the Phoenix, an anthology to raise funds for the Rebuild New Orleans Library project. It is to go on sale June 2008.

  • Reading-wise:

  • Mark Jarman's To the Green Man (2004). Poems that stood out for me: "In Church With Hart Crane"...

    ...How many awful times
    I've sat in church since then, believing
    That I was neither good nor good enough
    To write the poems I thought I understood.
    With Christ invisible on his bloodless cross,
    With Crane dissolved in the spindrift a block away,
    I read in church, and couldn't imagine either one
    Seated beside me in his fishy clothes,
    Putting a salty finger on the page, saying,
    "Read this one again. You haven't gotten it."

    ... "Canzone," "Five Psalms" ("Let us think of God as a lover / Who never calls" - yeow!), "Coyotes"...

    Is this world truly fallen? They say no.
    For there's the new moon, there's the Milky Way,
    There's the rattler with a wren's egg in its mouth,
    And there's the panting rabbit they will eat...

    ... and "Prayer for Our Daughters":

    May they never be lonely at parties
    Or wait for mail from people they haven't written
    Or still in middle age ask God for favors
    Or forbid their children things they were never forbidden...

  • Also, Jarman's Question for Ecclesiastes (1997). Pages I marked: the title poem (long, prose - probably arresting when read aloud) and "Patience" (part 5 of "The Past from the Air"):

    Meanwhile, she works and answers children's questions.
    Today, one question is, "Why is God dumb?"
    She pauses. Dumb? And puts a stamp in place.
    "Yes," says the child. "All I can hear is silence
    After I pray."

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