This isn’t goodbye, this is only farewell
I’m having a hard time writing this. In a few short days, Sarah Rose Nordgren–Algonquin’s beloved publicity assistant and one of my closest friends–will be leaving us to depart for the beaches of Provincetown, where she will begin her second poetry fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
I’m trying to figure out what to say about Sarah Rose without crying at my computer, so I decided to make a list of things that make her lovable and wonderful and quirky and magical.
- Sarah Rose puts honey in her iced coffee.
- Sarah Rose is a trained yoga teacher who teaches the most relaxing yoga classes (in her free time!).
- Sarah Rose has been published in many fine places, including here and here.
- Sarah Rose cooks a mean ratatouille.
These are only a few things about my friend, the beautiful poet, with whom I have spent many a lunch hour. Sarah Rose always takes care of others and herself, suggesting we walk away from our desks for a few moments to catch some much needed Vitamin D. She is quick to share book recommendations and she makes a mean mix CD. She is gifted with words and she is consistently patient. She is funny and she is an awesome dancing partner. Let me tell you, this girl can dance like nobody’s business.
Sarah Rose, we hate that you’re leaving (I really hate it most of all), but we know you’ll go on to write wonderful books and take the poetry world by storm. Please come back and visit us soon, to guide us through one more downward dog exercise!
Megan (and Algonquin)
P.S. I have many photos of Sarah Rose and myself. This one seemed the best for the Algonquin blog–and yes, we are DANCING!