With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Judith Azrael lives in Mendocino, California, and wanders the West Coast and the Greek islands. She is the author of four volumes of poetry.
It’s been almost a year and a half since my book of poems was accepted for publication by a small press. This spring, I got a call informing me that the book would come out in the summer. Now, with only a few days of summer remaining, I am getting discouraged. Impulsively, I pick up the phone to call the publisher for news of my book. If I thought about it for very long, I wouldn’t call. I fear that maybe he has lost interest in the book or changed his mind.