To see the announcement for my poetry book, winner of the Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize at Writers & Books, go to http://www.wab.org/gellprize.shtml. I'll keep you posted as we move toward its fall 2012 publication.
Friday, June 15, 2012
The spring before Emma was born, our unexpected baby coming six years behind her twin sisters, I bumped into an old friend. I was grading papers at a coffee shop in Edmonds. I still remember how manic and exhausted I felt. My friend walked up to me and laid her hand on my arm and told me that she had heard about the new baby. I remember looking up at her with a frantic expression, words failing me. "Whenever something brings this much chaos into my life," she said, looking directly into my eyes, "it always turns out to be good thing."
I remember coming home from night class a couple years later, and finding all the dining room chairs turned upside down or stacked on the table, and Bruce, looking weary, telling me, "She climbs, and then she jumps."
I remember the summer she turned ten when she set a goal to swim every day.
She is failing her Humanities class, and getting a D in math. Do I make her go to summer school? Or do I stand by, holding a towel, waiting to see what will happen next?