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I have a poem here that I thought I'd lost, a piece titled "Aperçu," written in October 1995, while I was living in Athens, Georgia. I thought I'd lost it.* Yesterday, going through old diskettes, the ones I can open, I found it. It should have been in the first "Best of" volume, even though it's never been published. In fact, only one editor has ever seen it, an editor at The Georgia Review who rejected it in August 1997. I was very serious about writing poetry back then, which is probably why almost none of it was ever published anywhere. "Aperçu" is a grim handful of words.

Yesterday – when I wasn't thumbing through the contents of ancient diskettes – well, I didn't write. But I did put together a tentative table of contents for the as-yet-untitled collection of juvenilia that Subterranean Press will be publishing. All the material to be included in that book exists only on paper, and it's going to have to be typed into MS Word. Maybe 25k words, all told. Maybe a little less. The stories and poems date from 1978 to 1987.

I'm absolutely dumbfounded at the offense over Tony Stark's "Prima Nocta" quip. For fuck's sake, people. I feel like we're headed towards a new Hays Code. Also, "cringeworthy" isn't a word. The knee jerks are busy beavers.

This is a Painday, with a capital P. They do still teach kids about capital and lowercase letters, yes?

Maybe more later.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

* Actually, I'm full of shit. The poem was published in Tails of Tales of Pain and Wonder, the chapbook that accompanied the 2007 edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder. Kathryn just told me. This whole silly "not-lost lost poem" affair aptly illustrates my current mental state. Also, I just stepped on my glasses.

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sovay
May. 10th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
All the material to be included in that book exists only on paper, and it's going to have to be typed into MS Word.

I am happy to assist, if it will help with the work. I will not have Ace bandages on my arms forever and my normal typing speed is quite rapid.
greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)

I am happy to assist, if it will help with the work. I will not have Ace bandages on my arms forever and my normal typing speed is quite rapid.

I'm thinking of taking you up on that, but I still owe you $50, I think, and I've been waiting on a very late check to pay you. I'd hate to ask you to do something else until that debt is clear.
setsuled
May. 10th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
Also, I just stepped on my glasses.

Sounds like a wretched morning, I hope the day gets better.

This is a Painday, with a capital P

I know you mean a painful day but I find myself picturing a stylish panda.
greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)


I know you mean a painful day but I find myself picturing a stylish panda.


Ha, ha, and hah.
everville340
May. 10th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
This is a Painday, with a capital P. They do still teach kids about capital and lowercase letters, yes?

A coworker had mentioned that while Cursive is an elective class at his son's middle school, even that is on the budgetary chopping block.

This whole silly "not-lost lost poem" affair aptly illustrates my current mental state.

I know days like this. May the rest of this one improve as best it can.

greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)

A coworker had mentioned that while Cursive is an elective class at his son's middle school, even that is on the budgetary chopping block.

I'm fucking sick of this New World.

faffinz
May. 10th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Warren Zevon quote.
It led me to finding "My Shit's Fucked Up".
greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the Warren Zevon quote.

He was a genius.
corucia
May. 11th, 2015 04:42 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the Warren Zevon quote.

One of my all-time favorites. I don't go to many concerts, but I saw him three times. The best was an acoustic tour in a small club in North Carolina. Loved his way with words - he used 'naugahyde divan' and 'cummerbund' in the same song, for f's sake! Ah, we won't see his like again soon...
iterum
May. 10th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm offended by "prima nocta" because it's (widespread) bad Latin. It's the (ius) primae noctis. I mean, come on, people.
greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)

See, that's a valid criticism.
iterum
May. 10th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
That is, of course, the only kind I *ever* make.
Marc D. Goldfinger
May. 10th, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
Achh. Stepped on your glasses! I hope they are okay. It's usually a disaster when I do that.

Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron today. Two movies in one weekend.

Poetry. That's how I started writing. Then I switched to short stories so I could get paid.

Today is summer here in Belmont, MA.
greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)

I hope they are okay.

Okay-ish.

Then I switched to short stories so I could get paid.

An absolute necessity.
divadiane1
May. 12th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
All the material to be included in that book exists only on paper, and it's going to have to be typed into MS Word. Maybe 25k words, all told. Maybe a little less.

I would also be happy to assist in the typing job, if you need it!
vizsludraugas
May. 21st, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
Would it be possible to buy a copy of "Aperçu?"

I'm not local to you, or I'd be happy to offer to help type things up.
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