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Journal, Day Five February 17, 2006: This is a glorious red-letter day because JUDE DRANK OUT OF A JUICE BOX USING A STRAW!!!! The context for this is that he has a major speech difficulty due to a birth injury—it left him unable to move his mouth and tongue properly. Forming words and chewing and swallowing have been his major battle for years. Especially rounding his lips [...] by

Journal, Day Four February 16, 2006: I’ve been checking out other blogs this week—trying to get a handle on the genre—it’s come to my attention that poet’s and poetry lovers are a pretty irritated bunch—I’m not saying people don’t have a right to be—but I’ve decided not to read them anymore before I’ve had a cup of coffee and a chance to shore up my attitude for [...] by

Journal, Day Three February 15, 2006: It turns out that the distributors actually liked the vintage porn cover I was fussing about. Go figure. I guess art and democracy are safe for one more day (I’m resisting the urge to make a Dick Cheney joke here)— But now I’m wondering if I really want that to be the image for the book. I’ve started imagining my parents in their gated [...] by

Journal, Day Two February 14, 2006: Forgive me if this is quick and dirty—I’m speed typing since I have to teach soon and I haven’t even gotten into the shower yet— So I was kind of surprised that this month’s issue of Poetry had no letters regarding the previous month’s essay on women in poetry—not one that I saw— It was an interesting essay—an email [...] by

Journal, Day One February 13, 2006: Every time I hear the word “blog,” that song from Ren and Stimpy goes through my head— It’s blah-og, blah-og, it’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood! it’s blah-og, blah-og—it’s better than bad, it’s GOOD! I’ve never kept a journal or diary—just lines written on scraps—but not anything like a “Dear Reader, Dear Self” [...] by