This reading will be my first “public appearance” since we returned to Saskatoon so I am quite excited! As usual, I had grand plans for all sorts of performances and projects but am trying very hard to go slow so that I can return to full health and energy levels quickly. I figure I can handle standing and reading my own work.
I plan to read from my book what is this place we have come to as well as from some work I wrote in Japan and some of the anatomy-inspired work that is related to my current project, splanchnologies. I’m especially excited about being able to read from my book as I was in Japan at the time of the launch (November 2003) and this is the first chance I’ve had to read from it in public, though I heard that my editor, Shelley Leedahl, did a great job reading for me at the launch.
On the work front, I’m still going through boxes, but I’ve been reading Hélène Cixous during breaks. I’m finding her work absolutely fascinating, especially her ideas on “feminine writing.” My brain, though it is back, is still a bit too foggy to articulate what exactly I think about her work, but as I read more and regain some brain power I am sure to write about it here. Before bed I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad, which I love. It is part of a series of re-tellings of myths. I want to get hold of whichever one A.S. Byatt did next. I’ve still been listening to my iPod on shuffle mode. This week: lots of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. However, there were a couple days of Steve Reich in there, as requested by Jarrod. Yes, my 11-year-old is requesting Reich. I am a proud New Music mama!