is the author of the essay collections "Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace," "Blow-Drying a Chicken," and "Houston, We Have a Possum" (forthcoming in November, 2016) as well as the poetry collections "The More Difficult Beauty," "Listening to Winter," "Terrain" (co-author) and "Salt Water Poems." Her essays have aired weekly as part of the News Hour of KVMR-FM Nevada City, CA since 2005. Fisk has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She's currently Poet Laureate of KVMR in Nevada City and Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, UT. Fisk works as a life coach in the Skills for Change tradition and owns Poetry Boot Camp. Visit her at mollyfisk.com.
Tomorrow, a long-time friend from college is coming to visit. I'm trying hard not to have a fit. You know, one of those fits about how my house isn't presentable, my life isn't presentable, and I should never let anyone come over.
As a woman, I know what systemic oppression feels like. By telling you about my book launch, I'm aiming to celebrate daily life and protect my equilibrium so I can figure out how to handle what comes next.
I thought of the bustle and rush as Christmas got closer, my grandfather walking through the aisles, noticing things, tweaking a hanger here and there, making jokes with his staff, drinking a little eggnog with the piano player.