Yes, you do! And you can, very soon! You can get one by coming to my release party in town on Thursday. Or you can be just a little bit patient and wait for the link to the press site, which should happen any day, but I am just too excited to wait any longer to show you the book, which EXISTS!
My kids are coming to the release party on Thursday night. This is perhaps madness, but I don’t care. I want them there. (I have bribed them within an inch of their lives to ensure good behavior.) This book comes from and is for them. I was trying to explain the occasion to my daughter and she said, “Oh, it’s like a birthday party!” Yes, I guess it is!
I’m in awe, I admit it. I love the fact of this object in my hands, the weight of it in my world. (In your world, too, I hope!) I remember the moment of its writing, how terrifying and exciting my life was as a woman very pregnant with my first child. It’s a cliche to talk about one’s book as being akin to the birth of a child, but since this, my first book, is also about the birth (well, sort of) of my first child…oh, I’ll just let it be. I’m proud of it. A little scared of it. I think it’s beautiful and maybe even smart. I hope it plays well with the other poetry chapbooks at the party.
Happy birthday, little book!