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Stanley Kunitz: Speaking of Poetry

Posted on Sep 16, 2015. See more in Encouragement

Stanley Kunitz’s spirit continues with us – in words like these from his 1994 commencement address at St. Mary’s College, Maryland.  Draw them in – deeply… “If we want to know what it felt like to be alive at any given moment in the long odyssey of the race, it is to poetry we must turn. The moment is dear to us,...

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“Take a deep breath..” says Elizabeth Berg

Posted on Sep 16, 2015. See more in Encouragement

This from an email Elizabeth Berg sent writer Donald Murray.  I came across it while reading  My Twice-Lived Life. I discovered Donald Murray late in my writing life. What a gift he was and is to the to all of us who love pen and page and word. Another one of those quotes I like to keep near on my desktop… I believe writing feeds on itself, grows on...

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Ted Kooser’s Poetry Home Repair Manual

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Encouragement

“The poet Linda Gregg asks her students to take a close look at just six things each day. What seems like a simple discipline turns out to be quite difficult because, by habit, most of us go through our lives without paying much attention to anything. Surely it’s happened to you: at the end of a day, you drive several miles home and when you get there you...

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From Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and with Others

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

I will never forget sitting in Pat Schneider’s Amherst home, among the circle of writers gathered in her living room, and hearing her say: Travel back in your own life to some time before this time and find yourself on a city street. What is the quality of light? Is anyone near you, or are you alone? Stay there as long as you want. If something...

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Another Prompt from Writing Alone and with Others

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

Adapted from Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and with Others –  p. 302-303 If you are writing alone, choose an object that has some meaning for you. Hold it in your hands (or, if it is too big, sit where you can see it) and begin your writing with a detail of that object. Describe your object in detail until something else occurs to you, then follow...

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