Hello to my backers-- it is wonderful to communicate with all of you once again after such a long break.
I would bet that many of you share some questions about my project-- did it happen? How did it go? When will I be able to read the poems?
Well... I can't wait to tell you.
The project was amazing. On a beautiful summer day, my friends, family, and backers gathered to assemble and release my poem-laden balloons. Some shot almost immediately out of view, others drifted lazily in the sky-- one even released my poems onto a freeway (whoops). A crowd eventually gathered in the sculpture garden, curious spectators peppering my family with questions about what we were doing and why. Children ran gleefully, chasing my balloons as they flew rapidly away. And in the end, after those balloon's long journeys, I did get responses to my poems-- those will be detailed more fully in the chapbook.
A short clip from the launch is available here.
As far as the chapbook goes-- with careful thought, I have decided to push back production for a few more months. I hope to release it as soon as March, but I will have it finished by the end of May at the very latest. This decision comes in part from the fact that I have decided that I want this to be a highly interactive book, and its design will take a substantial amount of time. Furthermore, I have approval pending to present this project as a part of the Whitman Undergraduate Conference-- a day-long collection of presentations scientific, artistic, and everything in between. I strongly suspect that my experience at the conference is one that I would like to include in my chapbook in some way; as the conference does not happen until April, my publication date would be pushed to May by default.
BUT, there is no need to wait until then to read my poems. I have added many of my "Drifting Thoughts" poems to my website-- www.publicpoems.org. The formatting is pretty much impossible to get right using wordpress, so I would only ask that you bear in mind while you read them that the layout is actually very, very different.
Please let me know if you have other questions or comments-- I love getting to hear from all of you. YOU made this possible, and this experience has been truly life-changing.
All of my thanks, and all of my love--