7:41 a.m. — Atlanta
Hello, everyone. Today is all about writers on writing. The links are to interviews and essays all of which resonated with me. Every one of them touches on something we have discussed at some point, either in our blogs, or our comments.
The first I checked because I love the blog’s name, The Hanging Chad [talk about nostalgia — I remember drawing chads hanging over walls, while I was in High School]. The article I have linked to, ‘This is Your Brain: This is Your Brain on Writing,’ discusses, briefly, hand drafting versus computer drafting. The video link is not working but the other links to research do.
Second, is the text of Allison Joseph’s acceptance speech for the 2012 AWP/ George Garrett Award For Outstanding Community Service in Literature. I have known of Allison Joseph for years through one of her outstanding programs, which is to put in my inbox, every day, every small press magazine looking for submissions, what it wants, the due date, and a link to the magazine, for its guidelines and so I can check to see if my work will work for them. Contests and teaching positions are also included.
Third, we have an interview which I find fascinating, not so much because there is new stuff, but at how much of it follows my own thinking. The interview is with writer Maura Stanton, who is as comfortable writing prose as she is poetry. Much of the interview centers on prose poetry, and some on a poet’s voice.
The bit that captured me is when Stanton says ‘… a few months ago, while I was doing my T’ai Chi, I thought about an empty bird’s egg shell that I’d found on my lawn the day before, and as I moved my arms—one movement is called “bird flaps its wings”—I imagined making myself small and going into the egg shell. And it occurred to me that I could go into lots of different things and see what they were like in the interior. When I finished my exercises I sat down to write, and I found myself not only inside the egg shell, but inside the little box of the prose poem. And I realized that inside that little box I was absolutely free to do anything! I went into the egg shell. The next day I went into some cotton candy. Then I went into my peak flow meter’.
The final place to visit is one I revisit every now and then. I may never get it all read, but what a wealth of material. Writer Brian Brodeur’s site is titled How a Poem Happens: Contemporary Poets Discuss the Making of Poems. This will interest some of you more than others, but it’s worth a look.
These four should give you a respite from writing when you need one as you careen through April. I shall see you tomorrow for the week’s roundup, although I’m not sure you need more prompt links this month.
Happy reading and writing, all.