on poetry

September 16, 2019

“History is a succession of things that ought never to have happened, and the writing act is a kind of revenge against this.”
Breyten Breytenbach
(b. September 16, 1939)

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photo by Keke Keukelaar


on poetry

September 3, 2019

“You must find your own quiet center of life, and write from that to the world.”
Sarah Orne Jewett
(September 3, 1849 – June 24, 1909)

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quote from a letter to Willa Cather, 1908

on poetry

August 26, 2019

“One reason I like to think in series and sequences is that it tends to pull us out of the problem of preciousness. In other words, if I have written ten poems or one hundred poems it becomes easier to cut one up or throw it away, or to see how a particularly bad poem I have written might have been necessary as a means to moving toward something more interesting.”
Laynie Browne
(b. August 26, 1966)

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on poetry

July 31, 2019

“Maybe you’re one of those people who writes poems, but rarely reads them. Let me put this as delicately as I can: If you don’t read, your writing is going to suck.”
Kim Addonizio
(b. July 31, 1954)
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quote: Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
photo: Tan Lin

on poetry

January 14, 2019

“I still have no way to survive but to keep writing one line, one more line, one more line…”
Yukio Mishima
(January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970)

on poetry

November 29, 2018

“You can make anything by writing.”
C.S. Lewis
(November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963)

MOOC your winter

October 30, 2018

The International Writing Program of the University of Iowa has just announced a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): “Stories of Place: Writing and the Natural World.”

Participants will work with some of the many possible types of creative non-fiction, including essays, science journalism, travel narratives, and speculative portrayals of the natural future. (Poetry isn’t mentioned in the description, but why not?) Writers will work with “ways to portray truth and fact, whether it involves telling stories about the local, the global, the invisible, the beautiful, or the uncertain.”

The instructor-led course begins November 15, 2018, and continues through December 31, 2018. After that, it will remain open online through March 15, 2019, for self-paced learning. The course is free and registration is now open.

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