If We Were Having Coffee…

If we were having coffee, I’d say “Sorry I’ve been away so long!” My last Sunday poetry post was on March 31st. You ask, “Why, what’s up? What’s been going on?” I’d look down and study the handle of my coffee mug and say “Nah, don’t worry about it. I’m here now. I’m okay.”

If we were having coffee, we would have to clink mugs and toast to TWO YEARS of writing poetry. Okay, so I wrote some poetry intermittently before then, but the style in which I write in now, my intensity of purpose, and my willingness to actually show my work to people– all of that was born two years ago when my heart was broken and I decided to write a poem every day for a month. I’m so glad I did.

If we were having coffee, we could take it to-go and walk through my neighborhood. Today I saw daffodils, abundant purple crocuses, a few snow drops, and some mystery stalks poking their heads out of the ground. I’m on a quest to find tulips; do you want to come with me?


If we were having coffee, I’d speak to you of the benefits of self-care. All hail the bralette! All hail the scrunchie! It’s so important to hit the reset button sometimes, whether that means a massage (I got one of those this week and I feel more moisturized than ever before!), yoga, meditation, crappy romantic movies or a soapy TV show (I highly recommend Hart of Dixie), eating whatever you want, or extra sleep. Don’t forget, though, self-care can also be strengthening your will or getting stuff done (adulting! taxes!) and preparing for whatever challenges are going to come next.

If we were having coffee, the subject of the impending AP Test would come up — my kids have been working towards this all year, but now is the exciting time when they actually realize what they’ve learned, and go through the final push to make this big accomplishment! I’m nervous for them, but I’m also so excited. There’s definitely something to be said for a big culminating performance to celebrate the work that’s gone into mastering difficult material. Here we go, May 15th!

If we were having coffee, I’d do a little bit of self-promotion. You can read two of my poems in the Spring issue of borrowed solace (which, by the way, is currently open for submissions). And next week I’ll have another post up at The Aspiring Author Blog. You can read my last one here: Practicing Poetry in case you missed it. There’s a lot of great writing coming from the other contributors on the blog, too.

Have a wonderful rest of your April, Chag Pesach Semeyach to those who celebrate, and Happy Easter too! If you’re writing and living in this world, leave me your updates in the comments!

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If We Were Having Coffee….

If we were having coffee I’d say welcome to my tiny apartment! It may be small but it’s kept me cozy through this winter. I love having a place that’s all mine, and I’d like to think that the way I’ve decorated it makes it look very “Nora.” It’s a sweet little pad.

If we were having coffee mine would be black– no cream, no sugar, no nonsense.

If we were having coffee I’d inform you that I have another poem accepted to be published! That’s three poems, two journals. After about a year and a half of trying to get published, it’s finally happening! I am feeling the momentum now (which helps with the rejections that are still popping their heads in the door on random days of the week). I feel so satisfied that people are reading and liking my work.

If we were having coffee I’d probably gush about my students. They are amazingly resilient young people, navigating thorny personal growth and forging new relationships. They are learning so much about writing, about reading poetry, about how to conquer their fears of speaking in front of their peers.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you all about the wonderful time I had with my dad this weekend. He and I are kindred souls, and we have a great time. It was the first time he saw my new apartment and his first time to the Boston MFA (an impressive display!) and his and my first time to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (a treasure trove!). We also ate a variety of great food, visited a used bookstore, and went to see a great blue/rock band (Neil Vitullo and the Vipers — check them out if you’re in New England!)

If we were having coffee I’d admit that I’ve been a little anxious and scattered the past couple of days, but coffee and writing and talking to a friend does wonders to settle me and remind me why I keep pushing in the direction I’m going.

Enjoy your day and give me your updates! Happy March!

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