Yet, as deep as the sorrows, the joys have been stellar. Last night the finale reading at Odes & Offerings.
At my first appearance as PL these long two years ago I had the idea to arrive at the Bandstand on the Plaza by pedicab. So of course, I contacted my pedicab/photographer friend Bob Chavez and he zipped us around, former laureate Valerie Martinez, Girls' School student poet Gabriela, and me. This was a totally different event, more private, and I was feeling a little deprived that I wouldn't get to hire Bob again. It was part of my vision to make the Poet Laureate visible in a campy and joyful way, to polish up the lamp of poetry and see what genii come out.
And everybody was there! At the reading, Leland Guthrie, my soon to be son-in-law playing the digeree doo to welcome. Hope and Matt, two of my children to help sell merch which is what cool people call their CD's at rock concert. My merch was PoemHolders, that is potholders with a poem typed in, which has never been called merch before.
Frances McCain was there from Albuquerque and so was Amanda Sutton my publicist, and Even Lisa Enos,now married, grown up, and a different last name, but she was my Celebrate Youth Mentee when she was 12. We have reconnected a little and seeing here there, well....
And from my work life, Kristin Watson from ArtWorks and Alex Traube from CultureNet Poets-in-the-Schools, and Steve Schwartz who has funded so much through Witter Bynner. And Bruce and Maureen from Chama, and the towns represented were Chama, Taos, ABQ, Medanales, Velarde, Chimayo, and Santa Fe of course. Here is me being happy (see below, happy poet). I read from 90 pages of work written for the city, gave away eight door prizes, and here I am giving one away.
So,I am left to wonder what this two year stint, reign, tenure, gig has meant to me and to the community. One never knows, can't speak for others, but in my life, coming in my pre-Medicare
years has been perfect timing. I mean, one could slide down into quietude. This opportunity and honor has kept me cooking, steeping, and percolating. I have had a blast and hope some of that blast blew cooling and inspiring winds on others. People were so great last night, I couldn't have felt more appreciation. And I send it right back out. I want to go out reflecting the joy, and a little less of my famous worry. But You can't have it all. After all the fretful person writes a poem, makes sure there is enough milk and printer ink, and keeps batteries on hand.
This isn't the last post by any means, but since I've been pre-occupied with other things, I wanted to get it out pronto. After the reading lots of people bought merch, there was cake form the Arts Commission,
and artist carted off most of the artwork. Three pieces sold, and I know of four gifts given. I received a wonderful painting from Kuzana Ogg who I totally fell for and she up and moved.
I am excited for the new Poet Laureate. I am energized with some new projects in writing and to be sure the book from Odes & Offerings by Sunstone Press happens. I mean nothing is sure, except this fleeting and surprising joy. Between end of PL contract in June and Medicare I have exactly one month. Michael will be in Peru. Who knew??