Friday, October 17, 2008

So ready now

For two and half months, I've been wearing the Clamshell Brace to protect my spinal fusion following surgery. I feel much better now, but this 4-1/2 pound hunk of plastic and metal and velcro feels rather heavy by evening. I am so ready to be free! Only, apparently, according to my doctor, Not.

Have you ever had to wear a cast? When I broke my foot, they just put me in a surgical boot. Bad enough, and crutches are the worst. And I hear that the one I wear isn't the worst Clamshell Brace you can be put into. There's one with a leg cuff!!!

Still. Friday night and I have nowhere to go but bed. I can't even sit in a movie theater in this thing. Not that I'm feeling sorry for myself, but really. As Amy Poehler would say, "Reeeaaalllly?!!!"

P.S. Mine doesn't look exactly like this -- it has some fashionable over-the-shoulder straps and a giant T-brace at my neck to anchor them. So Xena Warrior Princess, without the superpowers. So completely doesn't go with anything in my wardrobe but sweats.

P.P.S. No, there will be no poems ensuing from this.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Call for light verse

Few zines publish it -- and I'm happy to say Umbrella is one of them -- so I thought I should post this call for submissions from Chimaera that I spotted at the Gazebo:

For The Chimaera Issue 5, due out in the second half of January 2009, our Feature Theme will be light verse. John Whitworth (Spotlight Poet in this issue) has agreed to guest-edit the feature. The definition of light verse will be broad rather than narrow. We’ll be looking for well-made poems in a lighter style (see the part of the the Spotlight interview touching on light verse). John will select for the feature from submissions received, which should be sent via our online form. (preferred) or by email to the usual editorial address ( — not, please, directly to John. And please read our submission guidelines first.