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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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More Ted Kooser

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Encouragement

“You sit with your notebook, and after a while something begins to interest you. The poet William Stafford described it as being like fishing: you throw out your line and wait for a little tug. Maybe all you get is a minnow, three or four words that seem to have a little magic, and even that can be enough to get writing started. And a minnow can be pretty...

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On Writing Memoirs

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Encouragement

For those of you writing memoirs this encouragement : “The longing to tell one’s story and the process of telling is symbolically a gesture of longing to recover the past in such a way that one experiences both a sense of reunion and a sense of release.” bell hooks (as cited in Marry Your Muse by Jan Phillips  – p...

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Willa Cather says…

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Encouragement

This from Willa Cather: “What was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself — life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.”

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