Sharon Olds made me cry - twice - and so did Patricia Smith, who was new to me, both for all the right reasons. I got to chat with some cool poets I've never met before, and do a little jukebox dancing in the bar at Panther Valley. I got to hang out with one of the people who first replaced me - she's awesome, and we bonded so much that it's hard for me to believe I only know her from two festivals. Steph joined me halfway through - this was her sixth festival as well, so she's like a Dodge family friend. My mom came on Saturday which was great - I always have a good time showing her around and dissecting the different events with her. And at the last minute Matt came, too, which was loads of fun.
And here's a little Achewood fer your Monday: