books are like bacteria

You can tell that you are a person who reads herself to sleep when most of what you clean off of your bedside table is a stack of books tall enough that you have to take it down the ladder in two bunches.

That sentence has been sitting in my draft folder for two weeks, and have I removed the aforementioned stack of books? No. No I have not. They are just spreading back out across the top of the table (ie, my dresser). Once books have colonized your furniture, it can be hard to extract them. I have no idea what I am going to do with all of my library when I move three times this summer. It’s just so…heavy. So full of weighty tomes.

This is going to be a discombobulated post. I have been watching a lot of Planet Earth while I do work lately. Right now, we have on the deserts episode and a snake is burying itself in the sand to get away from the wind and sandstorm. Now they are explaining how dunes get piled up and shaped into those weird sharp spirals. What I SHOULD be doing, instead of writing you some strange babblings about sand, is working on my long poem for 292, my workshop this quarter. It’s at this awkward place where it’s officially Long, and getting too dense for its own narrative. I need to break it up somehow, but I’m not sure how I’m going to do that without making it lame in the process. I’ve been writing little pieces that can go into it, sort of as separate poems, to see if I can come up with some bits I really like to solve this problem.

Actually, I should really go back to that. Here’s hoping it doesn’t ruin what I’ve got already down. :-)

Comments 3

  1. Walt wrote:

    Save your drafts! is…pretty much my only advice…HELPFUL.

    Posted 18 May 2009 at 9:14 pm
  2. mary wrote:

    Yes, it is very key. Nothing is sadder than losing track of some bit you really liked in revisions.

    Posted 19 May 2009 at 11:58 am
  3. Lauren O wrote:

    I tried writing poems, but it was too hard. Learn from my mistakes, don’t give up like I did, go on without me, you can still save yourself!

    Posted 20 May 2009 at 1:24 am