Get Cracking!

Indy Clause (via text): I just started reading Ordinary Light by Tracy Smith. I’m prepared to love/hate her.

[Smith’s Life on Mars is everything I try to do. She made me cry (in a good way) when I heard her read at AWP a few years ago. She is a droolworthy poet.]

Friend 1: I hate all poets. You’re only hating one.

[I’m pretty sure she meant that she hates poets because we are so awesome. This is how I chose to read her remarks.]

Friend 2: I’m glad I’m not a poet.

Indy: She is sort of writing my book and she writes better than I do.

Friend 2: Doubtful.

Indy to Self: I wouldn’t just say that if I didn’t think it were true. I have some arrogance/pride.

Indy to Friends: She has three books of poetry and a Pulitzer under her belt.

Friend 1: You don’t write that well…yet. Who’s to say you won’t have five books of poetry and three Pulitzers. Get cracking, baby girl.

What keeps you going?

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11 responses to “Get Cracking!

  1. Well, I hate Siddharta Mukhergee. That’s with only ONE book and a Pulitzer. Why even bother turning on my computer?

    PS-Siddharta Muckergee. If you are lurking on this page, I am sure you know that by “hate” I mean “love.” But you’ve taken my breath away, and my fingers have gone limp. That’s on you!

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