Room poems

Jul. 8th, 2014 11:25 pm
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Dear Readercongoers: in honor of the Marriott's absurdly renamed rooms, and inspired by [personal profile] phi, I give you the small gift of some small poems.

Embrace
as the lights come on
and the tide ebbs
two rivers
caress Manhattan

Enliven
Sewing is so old-fashioned.
I have woven this corpse
from strands of protein
and fragments of genes,
carefully following the pattern
from Frankenstein magazine.
Throw the switch!

Empower
they said she would never walk again
but it turns out
being a butterfly is pretty great

Envision
The worst thing about
these nightmares
is my nagging certainty
that they belong to someone else.
Whose warnings am I getting?
What fears could they conquer
if they only knew
they were afraid?

Ignite
I'm sorry. Antibiotics do nothing
for bronchitis. The only cure is rest.
Take a long hot lava bath.
Curl up on your hoard
and read a novel. Let your body heal.
And no flying! The cold thin air
will do your lungs no favors.
I know it's hard, but rest. Rest.
In no time at all, you'll be back
to your old self.

Imagine
no, small child, you cannot fit
the spoon up your nose
no matter how hard you try
but I admire you
for dreaming big

Inspire
her turret has an excellent view
of the training grounds
the ladies titter as she perches on the sill
and watches the squires spar for hours
she dreams of muscles and sweat
the whack of stick against padding
the cheers and laughter of comrades
a brotherly arm flung around her shoulders
as they stagger their bruises
off to the baths

Create
This parking lot is full of cars.
People drove the cars. Reverse that:
every car means a person. Maybe two or three.
You came by air and rail and road
because we said, "There will be a party
and we hope you can be there." Reverse that:
until you arrived there was no party,
only the hope of one.

Collaborate
He cooked you comfort food.
I took you shopping for baby clothes.
We squeezed your hands
as the doctor said, "Ready?"
Yes. Yes, we are ready. We are.
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The Readercon concom had our final meeting yesterday at the hotel, and would like to share some knowledge gained. The Burlington Marriott has decided to proceed with hotel renovations that will include the likely closing of the pub and the lobby during Readercon. Nothing is guaranteed, and the construction has not yet even begun, but the renovation plans have proceeded to the point where we have contingency plans.

The Summer/Winter restaurant is scheduled for extended restaurant hours, in addition to having a bar menu option until 1 am.

The lobby or hallway will include extensive concessions this year, including grilled vegetables and grilled meat options, and hopefully salad.

We have also added an additional adjoining room to the Readercon Consuite, so as to accommodate possible increased traffic, and the Green Room will possibly be relocated further down the hall from program rooms this year, but it will include more privacy.

We appreciate everyone's patience during this trying time, and will do our best!
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The brand new Readercon website has been launched, with the same familiar URL but a great new design:

http://www.readercon.org

Our webmaster, David Shaw, redesigned the site to use adaptive design, which means it will look great on any device: desktop, laptop, tablet, even your phone. No separate mobile site needed. Check it out on every device you have!

The site has also been updated with all the information about Readercon 24. We're delighted to announce that GOHs Maureen F. McHugh and Patricia A. McKillip will be "joined" by memorial GOH Roger Zelazny. Our registration rate structure now has three simple tiers: now through mid-February (until Boskone, for those of you in the Boston area), mid-February to mid-June, and at the door. You can also find this year's hotel rates, a fully updated list of board and committee members, and everything else you need to know about the upcoming Readercon.

We'd love to know more about who's coming to Readercon in 2013. Are you a regular coming back, a first-timer, or a long-ago attendee wondering how it's changed? Are you interested in being on the program or running a table in the Bookshop? Will you be on your own, having a romantic book-filled long weekend with your literary-minded SO, or dragging all your friends along? Why are you interested in attending Readercon? Leave a comment and let us know!

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