Friday again. I am amidst the flurry of end-of-year activities. Class plays, field day, Kinder fun day, 4th grade Water Day, etc., etc., etc. Surely I’m not the only parent in the world who’s ready to fly the white flag of surrender? Thank goodness summer vacation’s just a few days away so we can all get back to being good-enough parents.
Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to keep up with my writing life, too, and here’s what’s on my mind this week.
bedrock The women of VIDA have recently launched a new blog, HER KIND (which I assume is named after this poem by poetry foremother Anne Sexton). VIDA is known for their analysis of gender balance, or more accurately imbalance, in publishing (“the VIDA count”). I’ve really enjoyed reading HER KIND, and this week an interview with poet Rebecca Seiferle really resonated with me. She said,
I’ve been struck lately how there is a kind of current that flows like a river through one’s work and life and that it’s not necessarily very dependent on us, our will or intent, and that most of what we can do is work, labor, in the midwifery sense, to become transparent to it. It’s not an ultimate journey, in the sense of an end, so much as ultimate in terms of the bedrock that the current flows over, is shaped by, and shapes.
I think this is a wonderful perspective on poetry and any life/life’s work. You can read the whole interview here.
my inner feminist And speaking of gender imbalance, so many things have been riling up my inner feminist lately. My inner feminist has never required a whole lot to get riled up, but she was really honked off during the recent discussion of contraceptive coverage — which, it seems, was mostly the between and amongst men (the conversation, that is). The most recent is this report on gender imbalance in political coverage. In an election season where women’s bodies are so much at stake, it seems we should be hearing primarily from women, not men. I’m pretty sure if the media tried hard they could find well-informed, articulate, female experts with whom to discuss the issues of contraception, family planning, and abortion rights. And P.S., I am 100% convinced that if we took the men in Congress and put them in a room with a bunch of children aged birth to 3 years (and let’s make them hungry, tired children just for kicks), not only would birth control be covered, it would be free. Okay. End of rant. Moving on.
meet your new poet laureate Much happiness and excitement in the poetry world after the Library of Congress announced that Natasha Trethewey will be our next poet laureate. Natasha Trethewey is a fab poet, and she has a special place in my heart for selecting Threshold by Jennifer Richter for the Crab Orchard Series in poetry — one of my favorite books of all time. You can learn more about your new poet laureate and read some of her work here.
Okay, Reader, it’s off to Field Day for me. Have a wonderful Friday, and thanks, as always, for reading.