There is no one like Kitty Skazka. Unlike other people who have similar flaws that doom, she is tolerant and loving. I wish Kitty could live forever, bearing daughters and sons to open the heart of man. Meanwhile, mortal, pregnant, she has three green-eyed daughters and they arent that great. Of course, Kitty thinks they are. And they are no worse than the average gifted, sensitive child of a wholehearted mother and half-a-dozen transient fathers.She's also 81, and passionately committed to confronting political and social issues in her work, and in the streets. She's been arrested for protesting (and read a marvellous story last night based on that). She was inspiring -- she made me want to put together a chapbook of war-related poems, like the one I wrote a few weeks ago, from a bunch of the writers I know, and then do a limited edition print run and distribute it at WisCon and other cons. Charging just enough to make back part of my costs. I think I could do it for $500 or so -- less if I didn't pay the poets. And if someone volunteered to help me with the graphic design. I feel like I want to do something, to at leat help raise consciousness, raise questions, about this war. I don't have any answers; maybe poetry will help me (and others) figure some of them out.
an excerpt from Faith in a Tree, by Grace Paley
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1960)
Goofy idea? Let me know what you think. Also if you happen to know if I'm way off on my cost estimate.
I'm also tempted to put together a sf war anthology, but I don't even know who in sf one talks to if one wants to do anthologies. Is there a person to call or e-mail?