Wednesday, 13 August 2008
POSITIVE LITERARY ENERGY
Inspired by Tania and her general positivity, here’s a few good things that happened these past few days:
An absolute gem of a story turned up in my penultimate batch of Seán Ó Faoláin reading. It has put a smile on my face and gone straight onto the ‘YES!’ pile. It has a flash-bang of an opening, great language, and a quirky humour that is just spot on.
I got to meet Dermot Healy last night, a literary hero. He was the judge for a lit comp I won (entered pre-comp-retirement) and he said lovely things about my story, which is about Hadley Hemingway, Ernest’s first wife.
My co-collaborator in the Postcard Poems project, Órfhlaith, sent me three fabulous cards. I wrote poems based on two of them. Not great poems in a general way, but they match the cards and that’s what the project’s about. I can’t wait now to launch the project on the world. As if it’ll care! But we will, and that’s all that matters.
I've been reading a whole load of poems in Irish as Irish language editor of The Best of Irish Poetry 2009. It’s so interesting to see what people are writing about: everything from Russian dolls as a symbol of aging woman, to marital in-fighting over what to plant in the garden, it seems. Great stuff!