So, NaPoWriMo is coming up. Didn’t make it through the month last year, but some of those poems ended up successful so I’ll be slogging through as much as I can of a poem a day. Most of my prompts involve a body/mind project inspired by forensic anthropology. :)
Last time I was on a plane, a flight from Detroit to Houston, I saw a girl with some adorable glasses next to me in the aisle. These glasses were so awesome.
So here’s the secret: the longer I stared at her glasses the more familiar they seemed. Finally I noticed a logo on the side of the frames—RealD 3D. They were 3D movie glasses she had evidently removed the plastic lenses from and was wearing them like hipster glasses. Of course when I got to Houston I dragged my friend Trevor to a movie and popped out the lenses afterwards and have been wearing these bad boys ever since.
Every semester the Michigan MFA students scramble to gather their work for Hopwood Awards. The Hopwood Room, home of many visiting writer Q&As and Hopwood Teas and every current literary magazine you could want piled high on its round table, is also the site for turning in contest manuscripts, where Andrea Beauchamp waits patiently with three-hole punches and extra folders even til the last seconds. When I showed up at 11:50 am, ten minutes before the deadline, the hallway was filled with writers, undergraduate and graduate, finishing off their entries.
Chigozie almost didn’t get his in on time, and I snapped these pictures right before and after. Then David and Chigozie and I went to Ashley’s for a customary congratulatory toast, passing by Nickel’s Arcade and explaining to Chigozie that “this is where people go to buy gifts for people who don’t live here.” Chigozie’s easy smile and David’s humor made it a wonderful afternoon, and made me very grateful for my cohort and my place within it.