Poem du Jour

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008

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Okay, I am now completely and officially mad. I have created a second blog — and it’s about poetry!

Here’s the story:

Several years ago, my son Sean complained that, despite having graduated from Central High (which periodically swaps the distinction of being the best public high school on the East Coast with Boston Latin), he had no familiarity with poetry whatsoever. So I began to email him a poem a day, along with a few helpful comments about things that might not be obvious to the untutored. The intent was to demonstrate that there’s nothing mysterious of intimidating about poetry — it’s just words.

Really, really good words.

After a while, some of Sean’s friends asked if they could receive the emails as well, creating a de facto listserv of five to eight recipients. Most of those emails have been long lost, but my friend Benjamin Davis recently uncovered a cache of them, to which I was able to add a few of my own. Marianne and Sean both thought I should turn them into a blog. To be perfectly frank, I thought they were nuts. But, as I frequently tell Marianne, “I am the most obedient of husbands.”

I don’t know why she snorts so derisively when I say that.

Anyway, I’ll be posting one letter every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. These posts are not in any sense systematic. But if you’re interested, I’ve started the blog with the first five surviving letters atpoemdujour.blogspot.com.

And in perfectly unrelated news . . .

I made it onto the Locus Awards Finalists list twice . . . Once for Short Story (“A Small Room in Koboldtown”), where I’m up against Peter S. Beagle, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, and Ken MacLeod, and once for Collection (THE DOG SAID BOW-WOW) where I’m up against Jack Vance, Cory Doctorow, Howard Waldrop, and Connie Willis.

I mention the competition so that, should I lose, you’ll understand why. That’s a pretty damned distinguished lot! It feels great to belong among them.

You can check it out here.

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