Shaping Grief

Our nation mourns the terrible events of Friday night in Aurora, Colorado, and holds those who suffered - and those who are still suffering - in our hearts. From H.D.'s "The Tribute:" 7 As we lift the bright heads of the wild flowers, compare leaf to leaf, as we touch the hemlock and poppy, may … Continue reading Shaping Grief

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Midsummer nights

Today I'm letting Adrienne Rich say something inspiring about this sweltering night, which has me camped in front of the A/C register.  I love the coolness of her images here: the blue stones in the moonlight, and her solitude "half-blotted by darkness." Here is an excerpt from the final poem of her "Twenty-One Love Poems:" … Continue reading Midsummer nights

I met Margaret Atwood! And just now have the presence of mind to write about it…

At the AWP conference in Chicago last month, I was fortunate enough to be confused about the location of the shuttle bus that ferried writers from one hotel to another. I waited for about twenty minutes in front of the Hilton, when a large black car pulled up. A moment later, Margaret Atwood stepped out … Continue reading I met Margaret Atwood! And just now have the presence of mind to write about it…