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lil  ·  169 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

Preoccupations

Another 10 or so hubskiers showed up on the check-in since the original count. That was fun. By the time mk gets the Stripe payments platform fixed, steve and I will be able to donate about $200 to hubski.

Edit Knowing who's out there makes me want to show up more.

Poetry

A friend of mine was diagnosed with esophagal cancer. She was working on a poetry book for a publisher - but it can take two years to go to press, so we're going to privately publish 100 copies and, I hope, have a small launch for her now rather than posthumously.

We once had a small publishing company called "Pinking Shears Publications." We created it to publish anthologies for literary festivals that we ran together. The Pinking Shears account had $1000 in it, so we can use that money.

I've been doing a close line edit and many of the poems are very powerful -- about the experience of getting this diagnosis. For example, sitting in a medical waiting room with a goldfish tank, she describes the orange fish, and then

  Patients dressed in all colours sit in chairs, 

surrounding the tank. Purples, blues, greens, wine-dark red,

khaki and black – but no orange.

Their faces – our faces –

blank as fish

quiet as fish

with occasional ripples of information,

consternation, consolation,

a glimpse, here and there, of despair,

fear, or patience. A smile toward a fellow-traveller

floating through this sea of possibility.

I'm kind of preoccupied with that. I should be able to take it to a local publisher next week. Sigh. The quote I've been using at the bottom of my email is this:

Speak now, kiss now

Before the river freezes altogether

     (from "Spring Forward, Fall Back" by Troy Jollimore)

Meanwhile, outside today it is -10 degrees C (or 14 degrees F for some of you). Speak now, kiss now, before the river freezes altogether!




thenewgreen  ·  168 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I’m sorry for her diagnosis. I think it’s badass that you two are publishing this. Consider me pre-ordered for one. I’d also be glad to share info re where/how to buy a copy with others, once you are ready.

“Speak now, kiss now.” I can get behind that.

lil  ·  168 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for your note. We'll probably just give away all the copies. It's really sad. She has run years of poetry workshops, so she will probably have a lot of students to give them to.

thenewgreen  ·  168 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I’m sorry, lil. Anyone that ran, “years of poetry workshops,” is almost certainly an awesome person. I am sorry that she is going through this.