i had a really great time in DC hanging out with kaplan and his LOVELY daughter... o, she's sweet... and jessica smith [who is also very sweet but can talk about poetry in a language i understand a little bit better than genevieve, k's daughter.]
i also got to meet and chat a little with mel nichols & rod smith! yay for me.
i met FLASH the basset hound. i love FLASH.
justin sirois read with me and i thought his reading was really good and i wanted it to last longer than it did. he said it was 20 minutes but it felt like 5... i wonder how his 30 minute readings feel? he could probably read for an hour and i'd still find it short! anyway, i'm looking forward to his book coming out, Secondary Sound and also looking forward to dragging him out here to durham for a reading and some drinks.
i read from RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY and it felt good. the DC folks have to be the most attentive audience i've ever seen... i was talking to chris vitiello about this yesterday & he has noticed this , too .... i know they have busy lives and must be just as exhausted as everyone else living in a city... but, wow... they seem to be able to really LISTEN. and i really appreciated the conversations i had following my reading... especially with ryan walker whom i had just met. i'm looking forward to reading his work someday.
anyway. it was a lot of and they were a very generous crowd.