I had come to realize that poetry exists not in isolation (alone on its lonely page) but in transit, as experience, in the social worlds of people. For poetry to exist, it has to be given meaning, and for meaning to develop there must be communities of people thinking about it. Publishing books as IContinue reading “Lyn Hejinian on Small Press Publishing”
Is there a geographical place that seems to be the source/birth place/inspration of your creative work?
Life with a toddler and an infant is a little tricky. No, actually, it is more than a little tricky. I had several weeks off from work when Jojo first arrived, and then the holidays came, but now she is six weeks old. I am back at work, Pearl is back at preschool, and weContinue reading “Rage for Order”
Although I might go months without writing poetry, I keep a journal and have done so since I was thirteen. I posted a page of it, at Eduardo's request, a few months ago. My daughter Pearl (age 20 months) keeps a journal too. Heres a page from her notebood. I think hers is cooler thanContinue reading “The Dailiness of Writing”
One stereotype of poet that I carry around from my youth is that they are male, grey-haired, and curmudgeonly. I have the memory (perhaps apocraphyl) of reading each year an essay published in New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker or APR in which one of these poets rants on about how the typewriter rules–that it’sContinue reading “The Democratization of the Publishing Industry”
Katrina inspired question: Tell us about a New Orleans writer whose work means a lot to you.
Many of my fellow bloggers have responded to Ron Silliman’s recent posts about poetry book contests. I think this topic came up first when a reader a few months ago asked Ron why he hadn’t commented on Foetry or its demise. (For the uninitiated, Foetry was a website that specialized in stealth attacks aimed atContinue reading “Uplooking”
I think this sounds like a cool opportunity for poetry bloggers. Call for Submissions: Digirati Three Candles Press is seeking submissions for an anthology tentatively titled"Digirati" that will feature ten poems by twenty poets who have a blog presence, participate in public or private workshops, and / or publish in online literary journals. The goal,Continue reading “Digirati”
Over at The Chatelaine’s Poetics, Eileen Tabios posts a great question about the writer’s studio. I really enjoy thinking about environments that are (or are not) conducive to writing. Eileen asks that poet-bloggers post a photography of the place where you do your writing. I plan to do that over the weekend. My partner andContinue reading “The Writer’s Studio”
Real life has stepped up the pace. We are expecting a new baby in November, and consequently we are searching for a bigger house and working on the old one so it’s ready to sell. Luckily I like being busy. But a whole bunch of my poetry books are packed up and waiting in theContinue reading “In Motion”
I’ve been writing prose this week because I have a deadline looming ahead of me. I think that I find writing prose easier because of blogging. Has blogging affected your feelings about writing?
Yesterday I participated in the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the U of H Creative Writing Program, which is where I got my Ph.D. Although I swore to my friend Jane and to myself that I would not let it get me down, it did. I guess that program never did feel like a good fitContinue reading “Pond Life”
In a recent writing workshop, we did an altered page project based on A Humument by British artist Tom Phillips. Phillips began in the late 60s "treating" a Victorian novel, page by page. Apparently the project continued for 30 years. We did a similar exercise. For a base page, I gave three choices: a pageContinue reading “Altered”
Have you ever written poems or created art by collaborating with other poets or artists? I would love to hear about your experiences with this type of project. Specifically, perhaps… How did the partnership work? What did you learn? Finally, what left its mark most, the process or the product?
This story by Holland Carter about collaborative art appeared in the New York Times a year ago. As a writer who never really got over being born too late to be a part of Black Mountain College, I keep returning to this story. Although the 9/11 framework of the story may date it a little,Continue reading “Creatives, Unite!”