The Beauty of Being Elsewhere

The ancient city of Antigua

The ancient city of Antigua

Guatemala is a beautiful, magical country — and I only experienced part of it in my recent travels. I went to remove myself from my happy life in the desert, and found rivers and jungles and ancient cultures. I immersed in green views, which was heaven for my eyes. The people’s smiles and kindnesses wrapped me, made me safe and happy.

While I was there, I began (quickly) to want to share this country with others. Continue reading

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Excellent world: I am taking a break.

“Women At The Chichicastenango Market” (photo by Elizabeth Rose)

Yes: that’s right. I am taking a break. By which I mean, no computer, no phone, no email, no answering anybody for anything.

No language, even. I am packing my 17 appropriate Spanish words, and my mangled understanding of the rest, and some sunscreen and sneakers. I am going to Guatemala!

Have a beautiful week and a half. I will try to return with some fresh thoughts.

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A Good Poem, A Great Poem

Typographic World Map by Siberian graphic designer Vlad Gerasimov

Typographic World Map by Siberian graphic designer Vlad Gerasimov

“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” — Dylan Thomas

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On Launching a Book, Part 2

A newspaper with all bad news removed: “Good News” by UK artist Robert Sollis.

How do you prepare for a reading? How do you deal with media? In the last post, I offered three important tips for media relations. Here are a few more:

3. Be prepared for the media to confuse details or ignore you.
Grin and bear it. It happens. Continue reading

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5-1/2 Things I Learned from Launching My Second Book

In the past month, I have coordinated and done 4 readings/performances, one online interview, and 5 radio interviews. Add to that, dozens of other small, but important, media-related efforts in support of my new book.

In the process, I’ve learned some things I thought I’d share:

1. Know where you want the conversation to go, but… Continue reading

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