|Long Beach harbor from our hotel room, December 31, 2012|
Back home in February I started auditing two classes at Princeton. One was for all auditors, a class discussing various notable memoirs, from Nabokov to Mary McCarthy and Joan Didion. The other featured lectures on connections of Italian modern literature with gastronomy, from Svevo to Moravia. I got a little more out of the first class, since we could participate, whereas for the second one I was really just listening for nuggets here and there.
In March Bill and I took Amtrak to Boston. We had a great dinner with Vicki and Steve at the Atlantic Fish Company. Attended a lot of great readings and lectures at AWP (the reason we were there...). Dinner with Renato Rosaldo was another lovely evening. Quite a bit of snow. Right after I got home I gave a reading at the Princeton Public Library sponsored by the Delaware Valley Poets and U.S. 1 Poets Collective. My co-reader was Vasiliki Katsauru. I had been looking forward to this reading for several months, it was sort of my "Princeton debut." It seemed to go really well--I sold lots of books!
Easter weekend we spent with Karen and Fede and the girls. First Bill and I stayed in Lancaster, a
April has been swimming by. We joined a gym (called Can Do) and there's a great pool there. Have also explored Pilates. Neither of us would call ourselves "in shape" yet. Tomorrow we're heading up to Guilford to attend the premiere of "Letter from Italy," an oratorio by Nan's sister, libretto by Nan. I just know it's going to be terrific, and it will be great to see folks.
So...what have I been thinking? Poems most recently about my family, they are starting to surface. I'd like to write more dramatic monologues about historical figures, maybe more about my ancestors, too. Lots of material, have to get organized so it can spill out.