Couldn’t help but liken the sensation to writing…the way we outwit time, taking the moment of the poem’s core and drawing it out in words for so much longer than the instant in real time.
I had this dream the night before I received the news that one of my poems, Black Angel, Scripted, Never Shot (referencing Iowa City's beloved Black Angel), is forthcoming at Soundings East and was a runner-up for the Claire Keyes Poetry Competition. Also in the dream was another figure I couldn’t make out, keeping pace with my spinning across the floor. I like to think it was my sister, featured in the poem, in a parallel image of spinning I can share with you via the fall issue of Soundings East.
First Poetry Book Publication, Reckoning with Exposure, and Astral Rubbernecking. I’ll be adding links to the posts by the three bloggers I invited to carry the tour forward. Here’s one up already today by my writing colleague, friend and collaborating blogger at Mother, Writer, Mentor, Jessica Powers in which she talks about a new collaborative writing project she is undertaking with her brother. And here's the second, by my friend Edith O'Nuallain (writer, blogger, reviewer) at In a Room of My Own: ruminations on the writing process of a writer mama. (April 18 update: And here's the link for the third of my trio of bloggers, by my friend and writer Marlene Samuels in which she discusses how she writes about her family's experience of the Holocaust, how she writes across genres, and her interview project about women's regrets.)
Where are you "taking the leap" in your writing life? How and where did you get the courage to leap?
I'd love to know. It takes a village to raise a writer.
Taken by my daughter, Instagram's Q
ueen of photography and videos on the fly.
Other forthcoming poems:
Thumbelina at NonBinary Review.
Mordred's Dream at Poetry Flash (and I'm hoping to have the corresponding micro-movie complete by May 1).
Other Related Links:
Poems by Claire Keyes (@ Women Writers),
White Water (Redheaded Stepchild)
An essay by Claire Keyes: Marianne Boruch and The Art of Surprise (Valparaiso Poetry Review)
A review by Claire Keyes: Dream Cabinet by Ann Fisher-Wirth (Blackbird)