17.11.06

soon.




issue 5 or is it 5/6...is almost up-- i oscillate between the number of issues, as I have quite a number of contributors as usual. i have so much editorial work to catch up on, i often feel like getting these beauties up and out to walk their own walk helps out with the rest on my list.

however do poets make money? apart from teaching i mean. i am not against poets teaching, but something about it has always rang a bit false to me, and now i see the error of my ways perhaps. now i see just how wonderful it would be to be in the classroom with a bunch of new young minds full of zest who can talk of nothing but poetry. (sigh)

oh, there are several more copies of Jules Boykoff's Gringostroika and Tom Orange's A Day in Switzerland still up for sale at the Atelier... go and get one or two or three or something else as well and help Dusie out! Dusie being the press ya'll! Not moi, ;)

my z key is out, which means i must cut and paste me z's-.

10 comments:

Mark Wallace said...

"now i see just how wonderful it would be to be in the classroom with a bunch of new young minds full of zest who can talk of nothing but poetry."

Ah, as I'm sure you know, since you've been in them, creative writing workshops aren't exactly how you describe them above.

Absolutely, teaching creative writing is a false way to make money. I have often debated its falseness up against other types of false ways to make money, and haven't always come up with clear answers.

Sometimes I think, when it comes to money, that a sign of good health is that you can find some way to get it that you can at least sometimes stand.

DUSIE said...

they aren't? hahaha....welcome to 'micawberesque' mark! and thank you for your sage words...i know your right, i do, and i often feel the same way about 'selling poetry' vis-a-vis a press. idk, though, i do often feel like i screwed myself early in having too much hesitance about trying to find a way into teaching...after skipping out on a free ride to go to a uni, that while a good experience, still sucked big time in it's lack to equally disperse funds and experience for grad students. the best thing which happened for me there was meeting and participating in the great poetry scene in DC, and apart from maybe two other fellow classmates, the two 'scenes' were completely separate!

so where's your blog mark?

Mark Wallace said...

I feel like the blog world needs more people without blogs who just comment on other peoples' blogs, so that everyone's blog doesn't feel so lonely. That's the role I've decided to take.

DUSIE said...

M,.-
yes, we do need more blog commenteers! i find that i often lurk around and need to do the same.... how's sunny CA? are you loving it?

K. Lorraine Graham said...

Oh, I was going to make a comment very much like Mark's first re: teaching. I suppose it's obvious that Mark and I talk to each other a lot.

Most jobs suck. Some people do like their jobs, but most of those people aren't artists, or have paticular sorts of jobs that align with their intellectual interests in ways that work.

Most of us have to make money, so the trick is to find the way that works well enough and makes you the least insane.

DUSIE said...

hey L.,-

i have simply got to work, and the competition here and limited jobs in my field (what editing, etc?) are even more heinous because of the language. I am speaking German and understanding even more, but everyone here is bilingual (even if it is only Swiss German and High German) most speak English, among other languages like French or Italian. And what I have seen or had the 'chance' to do, working at a preschool ...I just can't stomach it, I don't want to put my child with some 'other' so I can go work with the wealthy kids.... speaking of false economies tho, the falsness is even more false when the degree does absolutely nothing for the graduate... okay, so I live here, where it is so difficult for me daily, but I doubt my MFA is going to land any super jobs at home, it seems all about how clever one is in piecing together work, and making it happen for oneself. I often just rather crawl under a log somewhere. I have started working at a music hall, very part time, but at least there I will be speaking German. I also do some conversational English tutoring. I just think it would be oh so much better if I could find a job where I don't have to do cray brainstorming for, but alas, I have not been applying for any of the coordinator/secretary positions I have seen.... alas, I am not a good cog, huh?

Mark Wallace said...

Have you tried online work at all? Lorraine might be able to hook you up with the Smart Thinking people. It's not great pay but can be done from home.

DUSIE said...

hey again, i have searched for online work but have yet to find any that 's panned out, thanks for the tip Mark! Lorraine, I will be emailing you ....

K. Lorraine Graham said...

"it seems all about how clever one is in piecing together work, and making it happen for oneself."

Yes, exactly--although you're also right, I think, that even the most proactive attitude often isn't enough. But it helps. Do feel free email me, I can make some suggestions for online work, and even give you some contact names.

DUSIE said...

thanks lorraine!!!! you both are great!!!! I will be writing you today!