So many miles passed this weekend. Two trips to Vermont’s big city of Burlington for the Green Mountain Book Festival — Saturday as a participant, Sunday as audience. One trip alone, one trip with a friend. This past summer, I put some genuine effort into what I named my own personal healing project from the isolation and sadness of the pandemic — a project I admittedly dabbled in, without real expectation of success.
Here’s what I did: I gardened, spent as much time outside as possible, swam whenever I could, slept under the stars, and basically tried hard not to care very much (or maybe be distracted) by things that don’t mean very much.
What a pleasure to be back among the literary world, where people walked in and out of rooms in the lovely Fletcher Free Library, listening to poets and writers, the young and the very old, talk about writing. In an innate kind of way, these are my people.
Outside, rain fell in a dismal September day. I’m not a cardholder at this library and have only intermittently walked through its doors. Sitting in the main reading room in my raspberry-jam-hue sweater, I could have kept listening to the stories, language pared down and muscular, judicious with adjectives, evocative of Vermont and the people living here.
Media spin notwithstanding, the pandemic hasn’t vanished. Our world has been upended. And yet we move on.
A few lines from Jay Parini who graciously read beside me this weekend:
“It is not an easy thing to alter the trajectory of your life. People have expectations on your behalf. You come to believe them yourself.”
And, last, I’ve kindly been invited to the North Danville Library this coming Tuesday, 7 p.m.
7 thoughts on “Some Miles.”
Congratulations on your library gig. Please tell us more about it!
The trustees at the North Danville Brainerd Memorial Library in North Danville, Vermont, asked me to visit this Tuesday, 7 p.m. I’m always happy to visit libraries, especially small Vermont ones. 🙂
Sounds great. Will you give a reading?
A little talking, a little reading, Q&A — whatever seems best for whoever attends. 🙂
Looking forward to having you here in North Danville. Thank you for agreeing to come here.
Thank you for inviting me!
Have a good meeting at the library. Congratulations for having been invited to that event.