Friday, September 12, 2014

{This Moment}

 A Friday ritual inspired by Amanda Soule & many others.
Please feel free to share a link to your own moment in the comments.

Recap of this week on Not Intent On Arriving:
  • This Monday's Weekday Wandering post was all about playing kubb in Prospect Park. Related cute story: My boss also loves kubb, and had a mini set on his desk that I mentioned during my interview for this job. When he hired me, he bought me a little one, which now lives on my desk. Have I mentioned before how much I love my job?
  • On Tuesday, I posted my completely untimely Christmas quilt project that I made for a dear friend's wedding back in August. I wish I had more photos of it. It's not perfect, but it was made with love and I think that's the most important thing.
  • This week's Writer Wednesday was Charles Bane, Jr., a wonderful poet from Florida.
  • On Thursday, I posted some of Roger's lovely photos from his recent trip to Côte d’Ivoire.
Writing Elsewhere:
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! If I can keep the incredible productivity I've had going at work all week moving through this weekend, I think I'm finally going to start blasting through my to-do list!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dispatch from Côte d’Ivoire

My partner, Roger, spent three weeks in Côte d’Ivoire in July, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite images from his trip here. If you have any photos you'd like to share in my "Dispatch From" feature, please email me and we'll get them posted!




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Charles Bane, Jr.

Charles Bane, Jr. is a poet, poetry advocate, and the author of two books, Love Poems and The Chapbook. His first book of poetry came to the notice of past U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and they corresponded for a year before the letters were donated to The Paris Review and University of Michigan. He notes that he is married to a beautiful, third-generation Southern cook, and has one son who is a gifted painter, making him "essentially the luckiest man who has ever lived."

Charles Bane, Jr.

Who are you? I'm the author of Love Poems, my second collection of poetry. I also created and write The Meaning Of Poetry series for the Gutenberg Project, which is essentially a history of poetry in the West. I'm at work on my next collection, The Ends Of The Earth which I hope to have completed by the fall of this year.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? I'm not on social media because I think it's a time drain, and addictive. I'm very fortunate in having a publicist and my wife, of her own choice, is on Twitter and posts my new writing. I'm grateful to Ann. The public can find me on my website, here: and I hope its design draws in the reader to look more closely. I can be emailed through its contact page. I take technology on my terms. It's an amazing way to submit work to a global audience, but I don't own a cell phone because it interrupts my writing.

What inspired you to start writing? When did it happen? All writers say they started as children; it's a cliche. But I was an early poet with enormous support from my father , who sent in my work to a journal when I was twelve. Past Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur—who I'm not comparing myself to—was published at eight. Poets are different from fiction writers. Poets recognize the sound of their voice quickly and young.

Why do you write? It's a privilege to write poetry. The odds are very long that you will be read by the general public, who in the United States, have almost no interest in contemporary work. Few major houses, other than Farrar, Strauss and Giroux will publish it because of the small return. Publishing has become ever more conglomerate and focused on popular authors. Our public library system could be invaluable in subscribing to literary journals and purchasing titles from small presses. I advocate strongly for it. Poets should consider having their work translated into Spanish, for a Latin American market that reveres Neruda, Borges and Machado. In Spain, Cevantes' birthday is a national holiday. We should do the same for Emily Dickinson. Finally, classrooms should teach living poets whose voice is modern to pupil's ears.

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? Thank you. I think that 2015 will be the Pulitzer year of the feminist, because feminist work is dominating contemporary poetry and Letters, through sheer gift. It's likely that Patricia Lockwood or Saskia Hamilton who've released new collections will win in 2015. I admire both, as well as Susannah Nevison. Major influences on me were Elizabeth Bishop and Anthony Hecht. I keep a copy of Milton's Lycidas by my bed, and Shakespeare.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? I'm there. I live in South Florida. Thousands of birds stop here on migration. On my terrace I watch ibis, egret and heron as I work.

What is your favorite place on earth? The hills of Puerto Rico, away from San Juan.

Anything else you'd like us to know? Yes, I'm grateful for your interview.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Crafting with Kristin - Christmas Quilt

I promise the alliteration in the title was purely accidental. At least it's not a pun?

Anyway, guys, I made a quilt! For my dear friend, Emily, and her husband, Taylor, to celebrate their marriage and for them to use during the holiday season. My advice to you is that if you want to make a Christmas quilt and you don't know how to sew yet and you don't want to feel rushed, you should start now.  Also, I am really not good enough at quilting yet to explain how to do it, so look it up or go to your local quilt shop, who will be so helpful. I LOVED spending time at ours, the City Quilter.

But I can give you a few details about what I used. They're pre-cuts called layer cake squares, and they were incredible helpful because I hardly had to measure anything. These are the ones I got, and I love them. They're called La Fete de Noel by French General for Moda Fabrics, and they're a beautiful series of fabrics based on 19th-century designs. I love them and might just make a second quilt for myself out of them. The fabric on the sides is another of the fabrics, which I purchased by the yard at the City Quilter, and the back is one of their 108 inch backing fabrics. When I could make this easier on myself, folks, I made it easier on myself.

I "designed" (aka: picked out the fonts for) the monogram and date with Stix at Embroidery Place, and he did a really beautiful job at a great price, and very quickly, which I appreciated a lot with the wedding four days away and the quilt still just being a topper as it were. When I suggested I should get all of my dress shirts monogrammed, though, his assistant definitely thought I was a little crazy. But really, who doesn't want a monogrammed dress shirt? Anyway, Stix's contribution was clearly the nicest thing about the whole shebang. I love this little monogram.

And then, you know, I finished it the night before and then took photos of it as I was running out the door that morning.

This fabric is really lovely, and if you are more talented than I am, I bet you can make something really spectacular. For me, I'm just really proud I made something semi-beautiful for a couple that loves history almost as much as they love each other.

Have you ever made a quilt? Have you ever made a wedding gift? This was my first on both counts, and I'd love to hear other people's stories. What's the best handmade gift you've ever received?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekday Wanderings - Kubb in Prospect Park

This weekend was spent mostly inside, with a lot of sleeping and a few errands and one very lovely dinner party with friends. Since there isn't really much to report, I thought I'd post some of the photos from my impromptu vacation day, which I took on Wednesday last week to hang out with our friends Emily and James, who came in from Vermont for a few days.

I started the day with a very rough but very satisfying massage. (You know how it kind of hurts and kind of feels satisfying to foam roll after a long run? That's basically what this hour felt like. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly relaxing, but I am glad to have done it.) After that, I helped Emily and James find parking, and we had some delicious Turkish food for lunch before meeting Rob at Home Depot to make a kubb set.

After the set was made, we headed over to Prospect Park to play and lounge in the sun for a while before a wonderful Ethiopian dinner. I'm only sad that we didn't get to spend more time with James and Emily, but I can't wait to visit them in Vermont this winter!