Friday, September 01, 2006
IT'S SPRING! IT'S SPRING! IT'S SPRING!!!
Oh hooray. Winter is over. Yesterday on the tram I was talking to Frederique about spring and she pointed to the distant sky and said, 'Is that spring?' and it was, and here it is. Even Fred can feel the change in the air. She was running up the street singing 'I'm jumping over the clouds, I'm jumping over the rainbow, I love you...Jump over the rainbow, Mummy!' So I did and it felt great. We chased each other's shadows all the way to Kate Constable's house where we sat in the sun in their backyard and played and Una ate dirt and Kate and I looked at old HQ magazines and laughed at 1996. Multi-talented Kate even made us souffle for lunch which was a very special treat.
I wrote a short story this week for the first time this millenia and it was a very interesting exercise. It is being workshopped at uni next week, so I had to rush the ending and it will need some fiddling with. It was a good exercise though, writing something short, being able to see it as a whole and as a series of parts. I had a brief moment of insanity where I was considering turning it into a series of sonnets... Martin is studying poetry this semester and so far together we've pulled apart two sonnets - Shakespeare and Keats - and That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection
by Gerald Manley Hopkins, which has been really interesting - it's been a long time since I've really wrestled with poetry and the G.M.H. one was especially difficult. It's made me realise how much I would enjoy teaching it. Anyway the story has stayed a story but I think writing poetry might be a summer project when uni is finished for the semester.
And now I am reading a really good unsolicited manuscript for Allen & Unwin, listening to Michelle Shocked singing Bluesgrass versions of Disney Songs (Got No Strings).
And outside it's spring. I can hear it. Our doors are flung open to let spring in. The air is sweet. Hooray for spring.