Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ready or not

Hello there. It's Poem in Your Pocket Day.

I'm trying to figure out how to stash a poem in the tiny key pocket of my gym pants. I think I want Elizabeth Bishop's Filling Station. It begins

"Oh, but it is dirty!
--this little filling station
oil soaked, oil permeated
to a disturbing over-all
black translucency.
Be careful with that match!"

Why do I want this poem? I have no idea, and I don't have time to analyze my need for it. I discovered it in Molly Peacock's How to Read a Poem...and Start a Poetry Circle, and I've loved it ever since.

It's also Operation Teen Book Drop Day. I'm trying to figure out where to drop a copy of my book. Would the dentist's office, where I'm headed after the gym, be okay? Not exactly a teen hangout.

But look! Little Willow has put together some drop site suggestions. Dairy Queen is the big teen spot around here. Anybody want a book with that Blizzard?

Honestly, what I'd love to do is stick a copy of Letters From Rapunzel right next to the Green Fairy Book in a public library. Because I often cite that book (and all the rest in the series) as my introduction to fairy tales. But I doubt many libraries still carry those ancient tomes.

You'd think I would have figured out how to celebrate both of these events long before this morning. I do have clean socks to wear to the gym. That's something.

Oh, no! It's also National Cheeseball Day! And do I have anything prepared for that?

What are you doing (ready or not) today?


  1. Not to be all braggy about it, but *we* have The Green Fairy book here at WPL. We have all the old hardbacks in that series, and about a year ago, I got some newer paperbacks. Excellent stuff. :)

  2. I'm dropping a copy of your book, among others, today. :)

  3. I'm dropping Un Lun Dun and Kaimira Sky Village in the Wendy's parking lot. What Fun!

    In my pocket I'm carrying Katherine Anne Porter's "Another Sarah".

  4. Adrienne! Brag all you want--that's good news. Hardbacks and new paperbacks--woo-hoo!

    Erin, that's so wonderful. That just makes my day, knowing that. Really. Makes it! :)

    Cloudscome, oh yeah! Wendy's is a total teen hangout. And your poem? Fabulous. Which reminds me---I need to move my poem from my other pants pocket to the pair I have on now. Wouldn't want to be caught poem-less!

  5. Ooh, I like that poem, too. Oddly beguiling.

    I wish I were celebrating all these days, but I'm not very organized. It makes me sad that I'm not prepared with a poem in my pocket today.

  6. Cheeseball day. If only I had realized.

    I dropped the third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book at the bus stop in from of the library because the middle and high school kids walk by it every day. I stood it up on the bench with a note, Free to Good Home on it. When I drove by three hours later, it was gone.


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