Thursday, May 03, 2007

Almost Random Notes, Part 11

I am feeling a bit disoriented this morning, therefore these almost random notes:

1. Like some of the other bloggers I read, I wasn't entirely sorry to see NatPoMo end. Either too much weirdness is going on during the month (it reminds me of Festivus) or too little, in which case I feel left out. Writing a poem-a-day? I can't work like that. And I dislike the inevitable articles and manifestos: "National Poetry Month: Threat or Menace?" or "Whither Poetry?"

Why doesn't anyone write an article like: "Breathing: Do We Really Need to Inhale?"

2. A group of us did manage to get a panel proposal together and submitted for the AWP Conference in New York. I will say more if the proposal gets accepted. I've never had any luck with these; something I also shouldn't talk about, since if word gets around I will be regarded as a Jonah and never asked to be on a panel again.

I am so glad I can swim.

I am so glad that everyone gets four strikes in baseball.

3. I do have some good writing news--I'm a finalist in a contest--but I can't say anything much about that, either. I'll let you know in a month or-so. What I am happy about is that these are quite different poems for me and I entered them to test the waters; to see if they might float.

It is a bit of confidence as I look at the summer writing season.

4. Oh! I have to read term papers over the weekend and get my grades in!

5. In the good-news-I-CAN-tell-you department, our oldest, Elliot (age 26) has a job this summer cooking at a nice resort near Petoskey, and (even better news) has been accepted into the Culinary Arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He begins classes in September.

We are so proud of him.

6. More good news: our Hannah has been named Editor-in-Chief of INPRINT,* the undergraduate student newspaper of Eugene Lang College and the New School University. She also has an internship this summer at the United Nations.

She will be a senior in the fall.

Hannah rocks.


*NOTE: There is a link to the online version of INPRINT in my blog roll.


Blogger Talia said...

Congratulations to Hannah and Elliot. Did you name him after T.S.? John Gallaher said he did his son.

7:12 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


Actually, we did! We decided to go with two "l's" though.

Carlos (my 5 year-old) is named after Carlos Fuentes, because I was reading "The Old Gringo" while Marcia was pregnant.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Penultimatina said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you (which will interfere with grading this enormous stack of papers...which is fine with me).

Happy almost end of term!

10:58 AM  
Blogger Talia said...

I named my cat "Pluto" after the cat in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat." My Pluto is much nicer, though. Also, my daughter is named Hadley, after Hemingway's first wife. I do love Hemingway, but mostly I just liked the name.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Ivy said...

Congratulations on being named a finalist, Greg! :-)

8:16 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


Thank you all.

We have a cat named Raymond (after Raymond Carver), a cat named Baxter (after Charlie Baxter) a dog named Russell (after Russell Chatham) a dog named Eddie (after Edgar Lee Masters) and a dog named
Pagan (after Pagan Kennedy).

8:50 AM  

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