I think what gets a poem going is an initiating line. Sometimes a first line...– Old, but good. Collins breaks it down. So much to draw from, here… Paris Review - The Art of Poetry No. 83, Billy Collins (via rgreco)
You have to decide if you want to make operas that affect a few people deeply,...– Jonathan Harris . World Building in a Crazy World . Language
I think about readiness and its relation to what I consume and make. If I skim...– Frank Chimero - Reading Readiness—A Little Bit on A Lot Continuing the theme of reading. You know how sometimes it seems the universe [or in this case more specifically, the web –Ed] delivers precisely what you need to hear at precisely the right time?
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the...– James Baldwin via strangephenomena. (via tobia)
The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the...– The Real Importance of Reading - Stephen King
A few rules that I try to live by: 1. You must not dilly-dally. 2. You must be...– Buster Benson (via rgreco)
Publishers of ebooks are meeting this week at the World e-Reading Congress, and...– Book publishers fight the one-screen problem I’ve got a couple of iPad related posts to finish up and publish - it was all I had as a computer while travelling in Singapore. The one-screen problem is perhaps more appropriately termed the “one-window” problem, and that highlights...
If I am looking for a story at all, it is in my relationship to the subject -...– Bruce Davidson
In hindsight, everything is technique. In the moment, everything is panic and...– How a Poem Happens: T. R. Hummer Also: “The art of writing activates the writer’s primal connection to the species. Part of me reads over my writing shoulder from that point of view, saying things like Can we eat it? Does this crap matter? Another part stands back and speaks Miloszian: What...
Rumpus vs Gottlieb
Rumpus: Talk to me about process. How do you get started? How do you get finished? How do you know things are done?
Gottlieb: I get started because something sets me on fire. I’m finished when I am out of breath and am covered with ashes, sitting on charcoal.
I like what Valery said about poems never being finished, just abandoned. So a book of poetry is like a really, really big box of kittens at the supermarket. They’re not done. They’re just free to a good home.