Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Confession Tuesday

Happy Confession Tuesday from Provincetown!

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Day two of my Fine Arts Work Center workshop with Marie Howe. In a word: transformative.

Since I had not written as much as I would have liked before arriving, I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to write anything new or good (“good” is a relative term here). But, I was wrong. The poems have been waiting for me all along.

In Marie’s workshop, we’ve worked really hard to be open to anything and everything in our poetry. We’ve been focusing our energies own walking around P-town, writing down what we see—emphasis on the word see. Our focus has been describing objects and people as they are: without metaphor or allusions to something else. Let the thing be the thing, which is much harder than it sounds.

We are letting the strange angels in.


Today in Ptown—a little rainy in the morning, then afternoon sun, and rain tonight. 82 degrees and breezy.

I am sitting in the back of the Stanley Kunitz room, where the nightly events are held. Marie is reading tonight with Richard McCann. On Wednesday, Victoria Redel will read her work and James Everett Stanley gives an artist talk. Thursday night, it's the students' turn.

Current tune on iTunes: "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.


What? There’s no Starbucks in P-town? What you talkin’ bout, Willis?


God save the Queen!

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