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So, there was this: Augsburg Summer Residency.
And it was lovely, all of it. The students, the faculty, the readings, the workshops, and the most beautiful delicious book cake ever to celebrate the launch of Still Life with Horses.
…you can officially pre-order Still Life with Horses. Here’s the link: right here.
My book and I thank you. We really do.
There is now a publication date: November 1, 2017. That’s when Still Life with Horses will be launched into the world. You can’t quite pre-order it yet, but you can click on a little link that says someday you can. And that link is right here: LITTLE LINK
So, you don’t really have to save the date. Just the link.
Eight years ago, although it seems just like yesterday, I was in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Two weeks of unbroken time to write. It was wonderful. Ha! It was brutal and miserable, to be honest. I was trying to write about the death of my beautiful horse, Buddy, working day after day in my studio, putting words on the page about all of that was difficult, to say the least. I was also teaching an online class, cramming in several hours early each morning for about 30 students, they too writing things and having their own hard times. And, if that all that weren’t enough, I had the worst cold I’d had in years.
But. There were delightful and brilliant people at VCCA, two horses outside my studio window, and amazing food day after day. One of the nicest, wisest, writers at VCCA was Randon Billings Noble. She and I had many conversations about writing, writers we admired (and did not), the writing life, the various things we were writing about. I really liked Randon, and we have stayed in touch over the years as writers do, seeing each other off and on at AWP, which really should be called AWR, Annual Writers Reunion.
Randon has just written a wonderful blurb for my book, and here it is:
My dear poet friend Amy Pickworth wrote a lovely, lovely blurb for my book. Here it is, as it will appear in print. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Amy.
There is a lot of heart in Still Life with Horses, but this isn’t a soft book. It’s a love story in the fullest sense, glittering with ragged truth and hard-won wisdom. Beautiful.
Amy Pickworth is the author of Bigfoot for Women, a gorgeous book of poetry. You should go read it. Really soon. You can read about it right now on Amy’s website
Yesterday, we took our paint horse Cody to the vet clinic for his routine therapeutic shoeing appointment which periodically involves x-rays to see how he’s progressing. Cody has “ringbone” which is a horse person’s term for osteoarthritis. In Cody’s case, as the x-rays revealed yesterday, he has both high and low ringbone, which means the arthritis affects the coffin joint and the pastern. Which means, for Cody, things hurt. His new shoeing prescription should help, as will the injections of steroids he will soon receive.
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One of my favorite writers just wrote a lovely blurb for my forthcoming book (Nov. 2017) Still Life with Horses. Here it is:
“I loved this luminous and searingly honest story of love, loss, life and hope; and I loved how a horse served as metaphor for all of this. The lesson I came away with is that in its best and purest form, love can only lead to more love.”
— Elizabeth Berg
author of The Dream Lover and The Story of Arthur Truluv
I feel very honored to have such a wonderful writer say such lovely things about my book. Thank you Elizabeth Berg.
Author of Divining Venus: Stories (Waywiser Press, 2013)
Professor of English