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So Begins the Fall Semester

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It's been a good long while since I've felt this exhausted, but it's a good exhausted. Adjusting to my new job as a full time prof and the new schedule's a bit of a challenge, but I'm managing (well, I think so anyway!).

Today was really wonderful. I got my own set of keys to MY office, so I finally feel at home. It's starting to sink in that I belong in this department now, that I'm a part of the university, and that I have a place/purpose here. All good feelings indeed.

And there's nothing like being in the classroom. I always feel so alive when I'm teaching. There's really no feeling like it. My teaching load is pretty extreme, but it's kind of nice, in a way. The only thing I'm worried about is making the time to continue working on my own writing projects, not getting absorbed into my students' writing. I've been pretty good for the past few years juggling being an MFA student, working full time, and being professionally act…

Oh Summer! Where art thou?!

I'm a poet in transition; transition isn't easy.

I enjoyed the peace of mind that summer provides, the seemingly endless days, the inherent laziness that comes along with it. I wrote, I had the mental "space" to focus on my writing throughout all of June, and produced a good amount of (nearly polished) poetry -- about twelve new poems.

What Plagues the Goddess, my chapbook project, is in a very happy place. I'm pleased enough with her to call her complete, and to begin working on a new project (or really, expanding on this old project into a larger book-length manuscript). And of course, the fact that it cleared at least the quarter-finalist round of the Casey Shay Press annual competition makes me a bit more confident in my efforts.

Speaking of chapbooks, I also, of course, mused on the form. And the fruits of my labor? Why, this just came out: Katie Reviews Black Birds : Blue Horse for Fifth Wednesday Journal! 

This summer was also a time for self-promotion, go…

Katie on Public Radio

So I sound like a twelve year old girl and I giggle a lot because I got nervous, BUT...

Here's my interview about poetry with Brenda Nettles Riojas!

Enjoy :-)

A Gentle Asking: A Review of Eve Asks

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A Gentle Asking: A Review of Eve Asks by Christine Redman-Waldeyer
Muse-Pie Press, 2011 (50 pages)
ISBN: 9780918453235
Christine Redman-Waldeyer’s chapbook, Eve Asks, is a lyrical journey through everyday life that highlights both the quiet beauty on the surface and the complexities that exist just beneath. The poems are carefully arranged to take the reader by the hand through love, marriage, child-bearing, mothering, and beyond. With emotional honesty, they hit close to home. These poems celebrate who we are as humans, and ask us to dig deeper and examine how we perceive the world around us.
The collection’s first poem illustrates this succinctly. The title “Breast Cancer Survivor” is heavy, but the language of the poem is light, airy, and lyric:

She stays every summer at her shore house

Warm weather in the spring brings her weekends

Her dog waits in the car while she chats

I stop at hello (5).

But as a reader, we can’t just “stop at hello.” We know that beneath the surface of this …