|If I lived on this street in Brookline I don't think I would have left.|
Massholes: Writer Rage, the Pike, and the
Beauty of a Rotary.
(Rebecca Hoogs, Jonathan Crimmins, Andrew C. Gottlieb,
Julie Kane, and Susan Rich)
Five Bay State exiles will muse upon the
pleasures and perils of growing up Massholes,
and how that youth—whether spent in
Boston or the boondocks—influenced their
poetry and prose. The driving metaphor for
the panel will be driving—and panelists will
wax irreverent (and entertainingly) on the
rage, u-turns, rotaries and other poetic
devices. Some thick accents to be heard while
others will have been Eliza Doolittled away
through years at the other end of I-90.
|Really, grid lock is not a pretty thing|
I am amazed and so pleased that this panel has been accepted for AWP in Boston this winter. I am convinced that if I had stayed in Boston it would have been impossible for me to write poetry or to claim a legitimate writing life (without being approved of by the poetry elite). Leaving the city of Lowell and Plath, Bishop and Longfellow was not just useful but necessary to my poems.
There has been a fair bit of talk about which panels got accepted this year and which did not. As my friend January O'Neil said in jest, "it's all about the name." Look at her accepted panels here.
I'll also say that my name was put forward on three different panels and only one made it. AWP let everyone know that they had more proposals this year than ever before -- over 1300 proposals for about 500 spots. It always seems a bit of a flip of the coin whose panel gets chosen and whose does not. My sense is to just go and enjoy what's on offer. I go every second or third year if I can make it work financially. It's an intense experience that I find both exciting and utterly exhausting. Since Boston (Brookline) is my hometown, I'm happy to have a reason to visit.
See you there?