Friday, February 20, 2009

First hurdle cleared!

My IAC grant application was approved!

Which means I filled everything out correctly and gave them everything they need.

Now the panel gets to review it. In April. And I get to watch!

But I can't lobby or argue my case. Just watch and listen.

And I don't find out until June if I got it.

I'm teaching that night in Bloomington, but I think I'm going to try to go to the panel discussion. I have heard it can be an enlightening experience, especiallly if I end up not getting the grant.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Laugh Riot

Poetry magazine is now mounting its issues online. The whole thing. The Feb issue is up, and in the Comment section there is a collection of menifestoes (manifestos? manifesti? manifest-ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha...)

Anyway, even if you don't care one whit give a shit about poetry (or contemporary poetry, especially), these are fun reading. I love Thomas Sayer Ellis's page v.s. stage alliance, mainly because it's better than I thought it was going to be. And I really dig Michael Hoffman quoting Gottfried Benn: "Disappoint the season-ticket holder." Damn straight. That'll learn 'em.

This has got me wanting to write my own manifest ... o. But I tend to feel inclusive about poetry rather than bunkered. No lines in the sand and all that. I don't like that way of thinking, about anything. I suppose stating one's purpose helps to define it, though, right? No harm in that.

Also, I completely forgot that I was on the radio Sunday (recorded earlier). Fortunately for you, gentle readers, WFIU is also podcasting the show. I'm archived!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Found Poem

You can see through it / "And don't forget the lime"

The movement of this
poem finds itself going
along, looking at

the normal things
you might find in a bar -- but
what makes this interesting

is how close the focus
becomes at times, as if
there's brief flashes of stillness

in the movement
of this place. This quality
is working

in your favor --
how might you capitalize on it
further if you choose to

revise this piece?
On another note,
these stanzas have

the feel of haiku --
this might be an idea worth
running with. Good job!

Found in the parking lot after work one day a year or so ago.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

My Contribution

So three books I worked on (composition) for IU Press made it into the 2009 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. Cool! The Press hasn't placed anything in the show since 2005 (and before that I think it had been a loooooong time). It's more a pat on the back than anything else; I don't think there is an "award," so to speak. But it's a pretty cool pat. Acknowledgment from my colleagues is a good thing.

Indiana University Press
Bloodroot: Indiana Poems by Norbert Krapf

Indiana University Press
Home Grown Indiana: A Food Lover's Guide to Good Eating in the Hoosier State by Christine Barbour and Scott Hutcheson

Indiana University Press
Perennials Short and Tall: A Seasonal Progression of Flowers for Your Garden by Moya L. Andrews


Speaking of awards, I finished and sent in my Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Program grant application on Monday. Fingers crossed. I came up with a pretty unique, somewhat crackpot project considering I'll ultimately be producing a book of poetry and travel essays. Still, I think I've got a decent chance. But I won't find out until I think JUNE if I got it, and I don't get any of the money till about October. But the grant app alone is a milestone of sorts for me, has been on my to-do list for some years, and made the top of me resolution list for 2009. Now (except for ongoing research, which I'd be doing regardless of the grant) I can kind of forget about it and move on. Winning (or not) in a few months will just be a nice (or not) surprise.