Something Like Happiness, Sometimes

WELCOME.  I’m Rose Auslander.  I live in Brooklyn with my husband Rick, and two daughters who come and go.  Updates below . . .

 Photograph courtesy of Liz Hanellin.

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The Dolphin in the Gowanus

Hi y’all — summertime  means it’s time to pre-order my new book: The Dolphin in the Gowanus!  August 1 pre-order deadline.  To give a little support this small poet — and find out what happens to the dolphin — just click here.  Thank you!!!

 

 

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Wishing You a Happy Poetry Month!

I know I’ve been out of touch.  Apologies.  I meant to call.  You know how it is.

Or did I forget to mention I’m in school?  Yes, working on my MFA at Warren Wilson.

Warren Wilson

Warren Wilson

Anyway, I’m promise to try to do a little better.  When I can.  This month, anyway.  I’m hoping to post a poem a day (or so) on my poetry blog, dedicated to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  Do visit — just click here.

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Wishing You a Happy National Poetry Month!

California Meets Gowanus

California Meets Gowanus

All who will be posting a poem a day, doing readings, or celebrating National Poetry Month in any way — please let me know!  I’ll be celebrating with a bi-coastal reading at Two Moon in Brooklyn, on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., with poet Ellaraine Lockie.  For more info, just click here.  I’ll also be posting a poem a day at my Lost Poems blog –will look forward to your comments!

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Is Life Sometimes One Big, Keep Out Sign?

RotatedKeepOutSignManhattan-20120907-00103I work in New York City’s financial district — which means breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a perpetual construction zone.  I’ve swallowed so many “Keep Out” signs, they’re holding my bones together.  Seriously, after 13 years of these signs, even when I don’t see them, I subconsciously keep myself out.  So now, I’m looking for open doors.  Like this alligator on a wall near my house, apparently an escapee from the Gowanus Canal:

Alligator Wall

Alligator Wall

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Trying to Assemble Spring

Spring in Progress

Spring in Progress

Some of you know about my KenKen and Sudoku addictions from my last post.  I might as well also admit to jonesing for a good jigsaw puzzle now and then.  Especially now, when it’s below freezing outside at night, but just days away from spring.  It’s irrational, I know, but I start to feel that if I can fit together each piece of spring, the weather will follow.

I’ve done my part — the puzzle is done now.  It’s up to the weather to cooperate . . .  I promise I’ll keep the puzzle on our kitchen table until it does.

Spring -- assembled!

Spring — Assembled!

 

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Can you solve this puzzle?

Sudoku in progress

Sudoku in progress

About a year ago, I got hooked on the KenKen puzzles in the Sunday New York Times.  When that addiction got out of control (I began printing extra KenKen puzzles to have enough to solve during the week), I solved the problem — by adding Sudoku.  I started with a puzzle or two.  Then I bought an entire book of the things.  It did cut down on my Ken Ken use.  But I got even more addicted to Sudoku.  The saddest part is that I’m terrible at numbers.  More than once I’ve stayed up most of the night trying to solve a single KenKen puzzle (and note the use of “trying to”).  For what it’s worth, I have gotten to the point where I can solve “Very Hard” Sudoku.  But not quickly.  And I keep thinking that when I fit in the last number, something more will be solved.  So far, no luck.

 

Completed "Very Hard" Sudoku puzzle.

Completed “Very Hard” Sudoku puzzle.

 

 

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The Next Big Thing

Matthew Lippman has tagged me to join The Next Best Thing, started by poet Elizabeth Scanlon.  It’s an ongoing network of self-interviews in which each writer with a book coming out tags another set of writers, so that we might all know what everyone’s up to lately.  This is mine . . .

What is the working title of the book?

 The title of my chapbook is Folding Water.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

 I was on the subway heading home late at night and decided to record my family’s subway trip from Russia to Brooklyn.  (Okay, maybe there isn’t a train between the two.  Not anymore . . . )

What genre does your book fall under?

 Poetry.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Goldy Hawn, Woody Allen.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

 The only known book with instructions on how to fold water.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I started some of the poems about three years ago.

 Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 I’m one of the only ones still alive who knows the stories my family carried with them from a shtetl near Kiev to America.   I wanted to honor those stories.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 It will shower you with marzipan rain.

 Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

 Published by Finishing Line Press.  To pre-order, just click here.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Darla K. Crist

Ellaraine Lockie

Corey Mesler

Samantha Priestly

I can tag only one more — please let me know if you have a book or chapbook of any kind coming out this year or so, and I’ll tag you.  First come, first served!

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The Month of Ice

Bryant Park, photographcourtesy of Rick Moore

Bryant Park, photograph
courtesy of Rick Moore

Here in NYC, February is the month of ice — the 28 days I spend dreading I’ll freeze permanently.  It would be realist to worry about frostbite, but no, I have nightmares that I’ll ice over into The Incredible Frozen Woman, perpetually on display at some Lapland ice bar. 

So what do I do about it?  I ice skate.  Go figure.

Proof that I really do skate.  Photograph courtesy of J.S. Graustein.

Proof that I really do skate. Photograph courtesy of
J.S. Graustein.

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Hoping for Good Luck in 2013

New Year's Log

New Year’s Log
Photo by Marianna Ruth Torres

2013.  I have to admit, I’m superstitious about 13, black cats, leaning ladders, the works.  I’ve held my breath through each day of this 13th year of this millenium.  Each day that isn’t horrendous comes as sweet relief.  That said, I have been doing everything I can to encourage any good that may come.  My first step was to make the pictured New Year’s log, a fallen souffle filled with fresh whipped cream and rolled in powdered sugar and cocoa.  As so far my method seems to be working, I’ll be thinking of more sweeteners as the year goes on . . .

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Looking for Holiday Peace

Carroll Gardens Christmas

Carroll Gardens Christmas

Our neighborhood here in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, is an over-the-top holiday kind of place.  Giant Snoopy’s, enormous snowmen, singing reindeer — the works.   Raising our families in these shoulder-to-shoulder houses and narrow streets, we’re usually ready to celebrate at any excuse.  But this year, for the first time in my 28 Christmas holidays in Brooklyn, it has been impossible to put aside sadness.  Sandy Hook is here and everywhere.

And so I join my neighbors in praying that you sleep in peace, Charlotte, David, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeleine, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Benjamin and Rachel, Dawn, Nancy, Anne Marie, Lauren, Mary, and Victoria.

Praying for Peace

Praying for Peace

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