Spring Fever

Spring has sprung here in Western New York.  The snow is almost gone, except for those dirty piles here and there.  I have even broken out the short sleeves (but not the sandals, not yet).  Today, my students spent classtime staring out the window.  I wasn’t mad — it’s just that I wanted to spend time staring out the window, too.

With spring, comes new poetry books and new poetry news.  First, I preordered two poetry books the other day.  I have never preordered anything — I always wait for the magic words, “In stock.”  But I couldn’t resist.  One book was due out at the end of March; the other was due out in April.  Guess what?  Jehanne Dubrow’s Stateside arrived in my mail today — so yes, this third collection from this talented poet is out on the streets.  I know what I’m going to be reading tonight!  More good news:  I also preordered Sandra Beasley’s I Was the Jukebox — and according to a recent email, this book will also be sent out earlier than expected. I should have this second collection by the end of March.

And have you checked out Alison Stine’s news?   Ohio Violence was one of the best books I read last year, so of course, I’m looking forward to Stine’s second collection.  Want to know a secret?  I’ve heard that Stine is going to be reading at SUNY Fredonia in a few weeks — that’s in my backyard.  So I guess, I will have to trek up there to see her….

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