I promised -- over a week ago now! -- to share photos of my February envelopes. I had intended to move a little faster on that promise, but I have been living up my break from thesis work with a road trip, preparations for post-grad school life, and a supremely fun visit from my sister. So here we are already at the end of February. I would be worried about the quickly passing time, but if it means inching closer to warmer weather and bluer skies, I welcome March with wide open arms -- or arms that would be wide open were I not constantly clutching them to my frozen body. Remember the reissue of the Inverted Jenny? I finally got to use those stamps I ordered months ago. I have yet to go through this process of sending out broadsides and analyses in fancy mailers gracefully. The printing takes me pretty much two weeks (lots of weekend time and a handful of printing sessions jammed into my weekdays) and the envelopes another week at minimum, so I optimistically believe that one month is time enough. But I always only think about it in those chunks: 1) print broadside, 2) print analysis, 3) letter the envelopes. However, there's design work, type-setting, plate-making, and paper-cutting that happens, of course, on the front end, and tearing down sheets of postage and stamping the mailers is its own lengthy ordeal as well as trimming down finished prints, scoring and folding the analyses, stamping those, cutting down backing board, packaging everything up, spray fixing the envelopes, and then getting through the requisite hour or two at the post office for the final push. And I attempt to always spend at least a few hasty moments taking photographs. When it's all said and done, a month is a pretty tight timetable, and I actually gave myself a meager three weeks for this one. Suffice it to say: not graceful. But it got out the door on time and hopefully no one but me (and now you!) knows the behind-the-scenes agony of the matter. The poem I worked with for February was Ted Kooser's "Tracks," his Valentine poem from 1997. It was an honor to print this poem -- a long-time favorite of mine -- and I was delighted he offered both his permission and his signature to the project. Some far day in the future, I'll take more professional photos of all the printed matter and whatever envelopes I can borrow from nearby subscribers and will do a recap of all four mailings. I'm excited to get to that point, not least because it means I will be done with this very fun but very intense project. In the meantime, I am launching this weekend into the last round. Wish me luck!