news writing

News, Blues, and SQUIRRELS

I mentioned earlier that an agent requested my manuscript Pet. Last Tuesday, she turned it down in a kind and personal way. I am disappointed but grateful for and pleased by her kindness. I’m also a little relieved. I’m growing increasingly dissatisfied with Pet itself. I’m doubtful about the quality of the verse; I am definitely interested […]


“Stop Crying!”: On Having Emotions

I had a generally good babysitter who nonetheless, to my indignation, had a temper.  She once was mad at me (it had to do with clothes? I think I was five) and yelled at me. I burst into tears.  She got even madder at me for crying and told me to stop. Watching parents at […]