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Yeah, the tour’s been over a week—but real life intervened and this is the first chance I’ve had to catch up. After several hectic days back at our jobs, it’s a bit of a letdown to look back on how much fun we had on the road. I mean, it’s been seven long days since we’ve spied any Truck Nutz or hit the Ruby Tuesday salad bar. I was glad to come home, but I also miss meeting new people every day, hearing poems every night, and laughing in the car with Jen, Pete, Bruce, and Sandra. Even asleep I’m... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
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We're in the home stretch for the book tour--with zero speeding tickets, since that sheriff in OH let us off with a warning. For the last three nights I've slept in my own bed, but hustled to evening events in Philly, Ewing, NYC. Our approach from Baltimore to Philly marked a sort of homecoming for me, even though I don't actually live there, but 45 minutes away. These folks always make me feel at home. [Cont'd from previous post:] Baltimore wa s less eventful than DC, and we can just leave it at that. I'm behind on these reports as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
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"...so please fill this giant bucket with money." --Maureen Thorson, co-host of In Your Ear (pictured below) In the resonant black-box theater space of DC Arts in Washington, Peter Davis & I read poems (duh) with M. (a.k.a. Magus Magnus), who's promoting his new book from Narrow House, Verb Sap. Let me be honest here: It's hard to report retrospectively. The readings have started to blur together a bit in my memory. It's Day 10 and we've each read at least that many times, heard each other that many times, heard a dozen other poets as well. All with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
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Saturday, at about 11:00pm, we arrive in Raleigh, after driving from Tallahassee. We dropped off kindred spirit Bruce Covey in Atlanta and off we fled, through the hills, through the stoplights and gas stations, through one O’Charley’s and one Ruby Tuesday’s, racing against the time, hoping to arrive as soon as is possible. We discussed the viability of Worm Holes and the hope that the blue dot on Shanna’s GPS would jump ahead, skipping us along the highway, and making the shit go quicker. Ten-hour drives are long. They take at least ten hours. Those ten hours feel exactly like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
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Columbus, Muncie, Nashville, Atlanta, Tallahassee...so it's Day Six of the book tour. (Each morning I have to count.) Each morning we wake up in a hotel, remember where we are (FL), calculate the number of hours we have to drive (9+), and hunt up the nearest Starbucks (.5 miles). Where are the driving directions? GPS has become the most important item in our poetic toolbox—without it no poetry readings will happen. When we're punchy with highway miles, phrases from billboards (or dangling Truck Nutz) send us all into riots of laughter: WOW WOW WOW CAR WASH. SPICY CRUNCHY JUICY GENIUS.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
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Ed note: This is the first installment of the bloof books' road trip blog. Check back often for updates. Details here. Last night Muncie, Indiana; tonight, Nashville, TN.-- sdh We've come a long way, baby. Seriously, that drive from Newark to Columbus yesterday was a really, really long way. (Tallahassee to Raleigh will be worse.) We got in so late, that our trip to Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails for local wine and vegan muffalettas is all kind of a blur. The guy "pleasuring himself" in the street downtown, unfortunately, less blurry than we would like. It's like we packed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
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