Dances with Mannequins

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I handed my grades in yesterday. Today, I’m trying to figure out where to begin again. I’ve got a pile of books and chaps to read, submissions to weed through, emails to answer, my own Dusie chap to finish, and a day full of sun before me. There is a “yay” welling up within there somewhere~

This morning I watched a PBS talk show with guest, Francis Fukuyama, and decided I will read his new book, AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy sometime this summer. A very articulate Fukuyama is considered something of a turncoat by the neoconservatives as of late, and may seem like a dangerous entity to that camp now. And I am terribly uninformed as usual, so why not?

In other nice news, Kate Greenstreet included me in her fun project on first books. Read my answers here along with responses from writers, Shanna Compton, Andrea Baker, Stacy Szymaszek, Tony Tost, Brian Teare, and Jen Benka.

Happy summer, everyone!

Responses to “Dances with Mannequins”

  1. François Luong Says:
    May 21st, 2006 at 12:34 am eI saw Fukuyama on Charlie Rose a couple of months ago. I scared myself agreeing with a couple of things he said …
  2. Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Says:
    May 21st, 2006 at 6:28 am eSpeaking of Kate Greenstreet’s question to you about book sales:
    I have always admired that your poetry is not profit-driven. Regardless of whether or not I love or hate a particular piece, I know that it is sincere and absolute — free of the unnatural parasitic qualities that the “media” is constantly slamming us all with. It’s a damn shame that deserving poets can’t retire on their words. And for what it’s worth, your blog is great. It’s a testament to your commitment to art-over-self. You could use your blog to self-gratify, but you don’t. Instead you share the love so that art-junkies like me can expand their scope of appreciation and find the joys to be had in an Elaine Equi stanza, an Akkron/Family song, or a sneak-peak at one of your own poems. And for a second round of “for what it’s worth,” your poesy is great too and you ought to give your self some more page-cred.

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