There are many ways to look back upon a year. I have decided to select a single post from each month of 2008 that in some way reflects my preoccupations at the time.
January: The Second Year
Looking back on the second year since the birth and death of our son, as even now we are approaching the third anniversary.
March: Post-Postmodernism and Hope
Reflections on postmodernism in the twentieth century, and the need for hope.
April: The Foolishness of Poetry
April 1st is “April Fools’ Day.” April 1st is the start of National Poetry Month. Coincidence? I think not.
May: Worst Poet Ever
Some thoughts on William McGonagal, one of history’s so-called “worst poets,” and the importance of being “bad” in the creative process.
A response to renowned classical pianist Krystian Zimmerman’s boycott of the USA, including a humbling and edifying exchange in the comments section with a remarkable Serbian musician.
Thoughts on love and marriage, months before the passage of Proposition 8 in California.
August: The Shed
Reflections on a significant moment in my process of grief recovery–cleaning out the shed full of baby things.
September: Modern Love
Here are my reactions to a beautifully well-written piece on losing a child.
October: Manuscript Anxiety
Completing my MFA creative thesis brought about its own kind of anxiety–the kind brought on by creativity-killing comparisons between new and compiled work.
November: Poetry and the Economy
Here are some thoughts on the need for poetry in a “down” economy–still relevant, it seems.
December: Poetry as Defiance
In preparing for my graduate reading, I began thinking about the process of writing, and the importance of defying the sense that one is ever “done.”
And, on that note, here’s to more writing and thinking and learning and loving and hoping in 2009.