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Some Years, Famine and Feast Overlap...

This year continues to toss its extremes like a fit we must simply let pass. Another death in the family. Another national tragedy, push to crush women's basic human rights, war doubling its path of destruction. But then, another cousin graduates college, graduates high school, welcomes a perfect baby into a chaotic world. So much beauty and vitriol swirling. I am struggling to focus on the day-to-day work of poetry. But there is so much work to do.

June will be a blur and we're not even into it yet! I say that not with a hint of fear but with earnest excitement... These are the months we worked so hard to prepare for. These summer months of outdoor festivals and travel to visit beloved friends.

I have populated June on my calendar here so please take a look... beginning a workshop series here in Lucas County, then on to Cleveland, two stops in Missouri, back to Toledo, on to Columbus, back to Toledo. Nelsonville, Ohio then Columbus for a conference at the end of the month.

Lastly, I have been extremely fortunate to have my most recent chapbook, Semidomesticated, now in its second printing through the very wonderful Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. All of my gratitude goes to Hayley Mitchell Haugen for taking on my little collection and giving it some more life.

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