Monday, October 09, 2006

Houston Poetry Fest

This weekend I'll be heading back to Houston for the first time since we moved in June, this time as a visitor. I'm reading Friday night at the Houston Poetry Fest, along with Tonya Foster, visiting poet from UH-D, and this year's juried poets at Willow Street Pump Station, 811 N. San Jacinto.

When I read last year, I had no idea that when the next Fest rolled around I'd be flying to it from a new home almost 1000 miles away. It will be strange to arrive as a visitor to a place I called home for 17 years. We have big plans for hitting old favs like Brazos Bookstore, Texas Art, Texas Junk and Brasil, some good Mexican restaurants and especially hanging out with friends. I must say I'm looking forward to conversations with people I've known longer than 4 months. A young cowboy who'd lead us on a trialride in the Grand Canyon years ago told my friend Sherry and I in attempt to flatter us, "it's not the years, it's the mileage". I say it's the years and the mileage. There's no substiture for an old friend.

4 comments:

Maleah said...

Here's to cowboys with an eye for pretty women. But mostly to the traildust and the years that make them worth knowing. Welcome back to Texas, Allison.

Jenni said...

Everyone needs a second home, and Houston can be yours.

Brasil is an excellent choice. I'm going there soon myself!

allison said...

and I'm looking forward to seeing both of you this weekend! Break out the guacamole ...

Michael Campbell said...

Here's hoping all will be a wonderful breath of nostalgia & rejuvination for you that will stay close to your heart when you return home.

Congratulations on your ongoing and amazing suceses. Relish every moment while you are back in your town!

Were behind you every step of the way, you will be sorely missed!