Preparing for, traveling to, traveling back from untitled: speculations on the expanded field of writing.
I am happily overwhelmed, as by the surprise arrival at a huge banquet of fine foods, by the prospect of attending this conference. Not only will I be giving a paper and a poetry reading alongside many of my poetry idols, but I’m being paid to do it. We’re all being put up at a very nice hotel, my travel expenses are covered, and there will even be a stipend leftover after travel costs. As if that weren’t enough, I’ll be seeing lots of old and very important friends (poets as well as non-poets). When I begin to think about my amazing good fortune I become so ecstatic that I forget to work on my paper. So, back to work….