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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Frustrations of Blogging

Morning Sky
(1) Not having enough time to post. Events and seasons fly by. Life leaves little time for blogging, as yesterday's dry laundry must come in off the line before today's rain arrives, and last night's drawing class homework must be started; and the latest special order for new books must be processed; and; and; and; and....

(2) Glitches with the platform. For instance, why -- when all I wanted to do was update my "Coming Events" section in the right-hand column -- will the platform delete the old but not publish new changes?

So, sorry! I have a lot of photographs from last Saturday's "Leelanau UnCaged" street fair, which was a roaring success, but right now I'm focused on this coming Saturday, only two days away, and my first -- perhaps Northport's first -- bilingual poetry reading. Here are the details:




Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

Art Mantecón & Mark Statman: Bilingual poetry reading original and translated works in both English and Spanish 
The reading should be great fun, so don't miss it! Mark Statman comes to us all the way from New Orleans, and besides poetry his books include Listener in the Snow: The Practice and Teaching of Poetry, and The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing, so we will have something for everyone on Saturday. Your local bookseller will also be severely challenged, as she has been put on notice by the other poet's wife that Arturo (from Traverse City and California) does not like standard (i.e., boring) introductions. Oh, dear, what shall I say? Something else to worry about.... 
Books for Saturday
(There's also the way the spacing has gone all wonky in this post, but I don't have time to worry about that.)

8 comments:

P. J. Grath said...

Also on the subject of frustrations, (3) my laptop had to go to the shop for a couple days, putting me further behind, and (4) people tell me they're still having trouble leaving comments, and I don't know why that is.

Dawn said...

You sound stressed. Breath. Think about the most creative thing you know about the author that doesn't like standard introductions. What crazy piece of information about him can you find? Maybe the wife will provide something interesting...then relax and enjoy the whole event. It doesn't have to be perfect. It will already be wonderful just by virtue of it being in Northport!

Mark Statman said...

Hi Pamela, so excited about this reading!
Two small things: my current publishers are based in New Orleans--just signed a three book deal with Lavender Ink,who did A Map of the Winds. I followed Bill Lavender when he left University of New Orleans Press (Black Tulips was his final book there) because he is such a marvelous editor. But I am not from New Orleans! I am from Brooklyn!

The second: the photo is beautiful but the Poet in New York is not the one I did with Pablo Medina. Ours is with Grove 2008. This is the "new" edition by Farrar Strauss which originally came out in 1998. And there are no changes to the translation. The mistake is understandable--it happened last spring at a bookstore at which I have read often. And I will read from Poet in New York, of course, but I would appreciate the opportunity to make the correction. There have only been three translations of the book into English, and the FSG version has merits. But Pablo and I did a new translation for some pretty obvious reasons. I won't critique their version publicly, but I feel it hard to support Grove by participating in sales of a book they didn't publish and I think flawed.

I hope this is not a downer. I can read at length from all the other books! But if you don't have the Grove edition, my reading will be short and then I will move on.

I so appreciate the chance to read at the store. Art and I read at Interlochen today and the response was fabulous!

Karen Casebeer said...

I heartily sympathize, Pamela, with the frustrations of blogging. Sometimes the program is just intractable, but I'm happy (sorry) to learn that even experienced bloggers like you have occasional problems. I appreciated your letter in The Enterprise yesterday praising Uncaged. What an amazing event it was! Hope your day settles down. Karen

P. J. Grath said...

Dawn, I will take your breathing advice as coming from a musician who knows the stress of preparing for a concert.

Mark, you are from Brooklyn, as I am from South Dakota, but aren't you coming to us from New Orleans? Maybe not. New York still? As for the Lorca, I wondered why your name wasn't anywhere on or in the book, but it's too late now for me to get the correct edition in time for TOMORROW (!!!), so we'll just have to bunt.

Karen, you spotted my letter? I saw Susan and Larry's but not mine and thought it hadn't made the cut. Will look again. And yes, last Saturday was fabulous, and now it's time for another fabulous Northport Saturday, with what I think will be the town's first bilingual poetry reading! Certainly it's a first for Dog Ears Books.

P. J. Grath said...

Sometimes you gotta game the platform. I couldn't add a text gadget but was able to add an image gadget. And while I was at it, I took a new photo of the books for Mark....

Kathy said...

Blogging can be frustrating at times, can't it? I am glad you keep it up. I often wonder how people with full-time jobs manage to fit in blogging. You deserve kudos!

P. J. Grath said...

Thanks, Kathy. Current challenge is that a recent repair (replacement part) also somehow wiped out my modem connection, preventing me from doing anything online from home until I figure out how to reconfigure. "It's always something...." Recognize that quote, my friends?