100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater*

*Please consider these essays as starting points. Consider them starting points for someone else to finish.

These essays were written over a period of about five years, a period in which I also gave birth to three babies. In a way these essays were my best defense against the vaporous lack of memory that comes with very little sleep. As an exercise, I would see, if I happened to have had a thought in the morning, if I could hold it, and write it down by nightfall, after the kids had gone to sleep. Those thoughts, held fast against sleeplessness and various other forms of domestic chaos, became this collection of short essays.

In an episode of the podcast The Catapult, Sarah reads from her collection of essays 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater. Click here to listen or download from iTunes.

Sarah's poems “Summer, Rhode Island,” “Miscarriage,” and “I Wanted Music” have now been published in Narrative Magazine.


 

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100 ESSAYS... was selected as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2014 by the New York Times.

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An audio recording of Max Ritvo, beloved former student and friend, introducing me at a poetry reading
Max Poetry Reading