jenna and me at fort worden earlier this year
a little over a year ago, jenna traveled to this corner of the world; she had an extra couple days at the end of her trip. and i was lucky because she decided to spend them with me. during our email exchange prior to her trip, i said something like "i am moved to say this: do you want to go spend a night on the oregon coast?" and even though we had just met briefly at squam, she was moved to say yes! and as we drove to the coast and stood by the sea together, we pretty much knew we had found a true kindred spirit sort of a friendship that would change our lives in the way those "oh your really see me" friendships always do. as our friendship has continued, we have looked for ways to collaborate (see Lanterns) and we have become quite the brainstorming partners. during a recent skype chat we had this aha moment:
this week will find me (and family) on the coast of Oregon.
this week will find my girl Jenna on the island of Nantucket.
realizing we would each be on opposite coasts from one another for the same amount of time, it seemed too serendipitous not to come up with a project. (if you spend any sort of time with me virtually or in person, you will learn i am all about the collaborative projects. lately, i can't stop myself.)
so, inspired by an exercise in my book, this week we plan to send (virtual) postcards of poetry to one another from coast to coast (by way of our blogs).
i hope you will come along and see what adventures unfold for each of us on our travels by the sea...
PS i now have a pretty "preorder" page for Inner Excavation complete with a special preorder package for your viewing pleasure. when i return from the coast, i plan to introduce you to the book's (amazing, fantastically wondrous) contributors.