I’m excited to be back to have Thursday Poem Share again For those who don’t know, you don’t have to just share and/or talk about poetry. This is just a place to talk about the writing life. For example, I submitting my 3rd poetry manuscript again to another contest. I still don’t have enough poems revised to send to literary magazines, but I did write a few this month that I hope will go out soon. The poem I am sharing today is one that I wrote in my notebook last night, and typed up this morning. Look forward to hearing your comments and seeing your work posted in comments. As always I will take down my poem and anything you post in comments that is your specific writing one week from today.
–pulled down early for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Have a good one!
I’ve been meaning to give a shout out to a local poet, Barbara Lawing, for quite some time. She does workshops etc and has some terrific opportunities especially for locals so check out her website to see if she has something that could work for you!
On the writing end (and reading) I was really moved by Ann Hood‘s talk at Charlotte Writer’s Club on Tuesday. I picked up her short story collection because I was so impressed with her talk, and an example of an essay she wrote after dealing with tremendous grief. If anyone wants to do an online book club for her short story collection please let me know before I start reading it.
I’ve been struggling a bit with writing and reading lately, and much of what Ann had to say struck so close to home. Some notes from her talk included the idea that we read to escape, and that we write to understand. Yes! Also she said we should write what keeps us up at night. Perhaps that is why I haven’t been writing much. Little has sparked my desire and said WRITE ME. Also sometimes, when you might feel stuck or find a piece isn’t working, maybe you need to write the sentence that you don’t think you can write. Her example was: I wish my husband didn’t come with a kid. Maybe that didn’t work into the final product, but it let her get passed what was blocking her from writing an essay about being a stepmother. She definitely inspired me. I needed that. What inspires you?
I also found my love of “Poets & Writers Magazine” returning with this last issue that had a graphic novel section. Yep some more books to buy after reading the issue. As well as Sandra Beasley’s amazing second book of poems i was the jukebox. Sandra just has an amazing gift for playing with juxtaposition and the unexpected. I also want to pick up her memoir soon So here’s to getting back into the swing of things, and the words that I’ve missed.