Category Archives: Building the Fire

Write Little

“Write little – embrace the minute on the way to the universal.” – Adele Kenny “I have made this [letter] longer only because I have not had the leisure of making it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (17th century) Writing little—but well—is … Continue reading

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Gifts

Recently a friend and a stranger gave me similar gifts, precious to my heart. The stranger, an editor of a poetry journal, offered (out of the blue) to send feedback on a set of poems I submitted. This is a … Continue reading

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Have Another Look

It’s about relationship. Can you find that in your writing? Does your poem meet the world like a child meeting his first bunny? Creation Needs Deliberation Something has dawned on me as I write more, a lesson I thought I … Continue reading

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Find Your Voices

Do you remember voices more clearly than faces? When it comes to memories of my friends and loved ones, I do. Guffaws, giggles, grumbles, and groans freckle my childhood memories. Snippets of past conversations mark the plot developments of my … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…and Disciplining Your Poems

More on the thematic thread of laws and constraints in a moment…first: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Approaching! It’s time to start brainstorming ways to celebrate the beloved parental-types in your life this year. Might I suggest a few little … Continue reading

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Write of Renewal

What’s New for You? Have you been tending the plucky new buds and shoots in the garden? How about braking for baby ducks bobbling across the street? Questing in search of a cure for a fresh outbreak of the travel … Continue reading

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Write in Admiration

“One does not simply describe a barn, then. One describes a barn as seen by someone in some particular mood, because only in that way can the barn–or the writer’s experience of barns combined with whatever lies deepest in his … Continue reading

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