As I am preparing to travel to the United States once again – it has been two years since the last visit – I am slowly recovering from two very bad years (as most of you), I meant to discuss something that happened on my previous visit to the states.
That visit involved the publication of my chapbook, as well as an appearance at the 2019 ALA. Also present at the ALA in Boston: Frank Bidart, who gave a reading. Frank Bidart is my favorite living poet and I had written about him on this blog.
At the reading, due to a scheduling issue, an introductory speaker had been needed on short notice and I had the incredible and rare fortune to be allowed to introduce this poet who has meant so much to me as a person and writer.
There is very little else I can say at this point that will offer an adequate explanation of the gravity and importance of that moment. I did end up forcing my chapbook in Bidart’s hands and I think I emailed him a ton of poems, because I could not resist. Please read my short text on Bidart and please read his poetry.
I’m flying to the US in 3? days and in slightly more than a month I will marry, so things, overall, are looking up. If you want to support me/us, go here.