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Journal, Day Five January 19, 2007: Here’s my least favorite component of the publishing process: blurbs. AGAINST BLURBS: Poetry books are rarely sold in bookstores, so virtually nobody actually picks up a book, reads the blurbs, thinks, “Hmm! My favorite writer is enthusiastic about this book! I think I’ll purchase it with my hard-earned money!” and carries it off to the [...] by

Journal, Day Four January 18, 2007: Despite this being a busy semester, I’ve signed up once again for a painting course in the Art Department. That means two three-hour time commitments each week. Six hours a week is a huge amount of time to give to something away from actual writing (though not enough to give to painting if you’re a painter; I know I’m just a beginner), and [...] by

Journal, Day Three January 17, 2007: Yesterday was the first day of classes, and I met for the first time with Ahsahta’s new editorial board, the graduate students who will help select the finalists for the 2007 Sawtooth Prize. Our class is called “Small Press Production.” I’d met the week before with Dennis, the undergraduate intern who will be opening, logging, and [...] by

Journal, Day Two January 16, 2007: Back in grad school (the early eighties, not to put too fine a point on it), the advice to “write every day” meant, in my mind, to sit down at a desk and work on a poem, preferably a new one, every day. I had my own computer back then, since my job as a technical editor made them familiar and desirable objects, and I used it to compose. (It [...] by

Journal, Day One January 15, 2007: I am coming off a very quiet time, unusual for me. Classes begin tomorrow (we’re remembering Martin Luther King today), but for the past week I’ve been able to go to my office and work on the course I’ll teach on the “Objectivists” or work on Ahsahta Press business more or less undisturbed by the phone or by people dropping in with [...] by