If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my ambivalence toward being done with school. Or rather, my ambivalence towards life after grad school: So far, I have no job lined up, and my visa expires in a little over a month, so I’m in the process of packing up my stuff / reducing my possessions to whatever will fit into two suitcases and a carry-on plus vital books (i.e. most of my books — I love my books. I’d rather give away virtually all my clothes etc than give up my poetry books!). (On that note, I have a number of books I’d like to give to a good home, such as a whole bunch of Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine treasuries, various fiction books, and a bunch of poetry / lit journals (such as The Believer). Holler if you think you want to house these. Also up for grabs: a writing desk, two small shelves, and a papasan chair.) If you were sitting here across from me, in a gesture much like a parent pulling out the latest photos of their kid, I would tell you about my manuscript and how it’s faring. It made the finalist round for the New Issues Poetry Prize this year, and was also a finalist for the Tarpaulin Sky Prize, but that doesn’t get me a job… I need the book to actually get picked up. That said, I’m thrilled it did this well, and also that the kind folks at Tarpaulin Sky are going to show it some love (more on that later!) —
In an awkward moment of silence you might ask about the bandaid on my thumb and I’d be embarrassed to tell you that, well, this PhD forgot that when you microwave stuff, it gets a lot hotter in the middle than on the outside, and I managed to burn myself pretty badly on a spring roll. Instead, I might mumble something about trying to learn to write with my left hand, just in case my right hand ever failed me.
If we were having coffee, I’d ask you about your job / kid / plans for the summer. And then I’d ask you for suggestions what to do with the last 4 weeks I have here (well, more like 3 weeks, really) — what to do, what to do? I’d like to head down to Biloxi and stick my feet in the sand. I’d also love to wander around New Orleans for a day. A games afternoon / evening would be fun, too — I have two new games to try out, and neither of them is anything at all like Scrabble / Bananagrams / Quiddler / Boggle (my usual games faves). #weekendcoffeeshare #ifwewerehavingcoffee #hashtagabuse #ohyeah