June 30, 2014
"Writing is thought made physical."

June 28, 2014
Two Views

 ”The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.” -Ernest Hemingway

and then there is

"All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books." -Jean-Paul Sartre

June 25, 2014
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns … instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."

George Orwell

June 17, 2014
"i have woven a parachute out of everything broken."  - William Stafford

"i have woven a parachute out of everything broken."  - William Stafford

June 4, 2014
Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut draws for you the Shapes of Stories. 

Still need help? Okay, then here is how to write a short story.

June 3, 2014
"I often write poems in my head to distract myself during hard times. … Years ago, after a car crash, while I lay waiting for the ambulance, I actually finished a poem I had been working on, determined not to die before I had it right."

—   Linda Pastan

May 20, 2014

Carving http://wp.me/s4ctFT-carving

No, writing poetry is more like carving

wood and taking away, finding the heart

hidden inside, paring, using point and blade.

The danger comes from the dull knife.

The soft inside will be thrown away.


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May 19, 2014
"Before writing a work, I walk around it several times accompanied by myself."

Erik Satie

May 2, 2014
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life


Ernest Hemingway at his home in Cuba, the Finca Vigia, 1954

Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He told reporters when it was announced that Carl Sandburg, Isak Dinesen and Bernard Berenson were more worthy.

But the cash award was good and he was going through one of his many bouts of depression and recovering from two consecutive plane crashes that had nearly…

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May 1, 2014
"For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

— Ernest Hemingway - Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

April 10, 2014
Day 100 of 2014

Day 100 of 2014


100 poems to start this year’s practice.

Work every day, wrote Hemingway, No matter

what has happened the day or night

before. Writing the day, I awaken early,

get up and bite on the nail.


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April 4, 2014
"A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

Maya Angelou

Her first book was a memoir of her life up to that time, titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

April 2, 2014
Chocolate Poem

Past being an April fool today while

writing another poem, counting the seven words

to make a line and breaking thoughts

into five even pieces like the bar

of chocolate that is my end reward.


more about the original April Fools

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April 1, 2014
"For, when all else is done, only words remain. Words endure."

— Kate Mosse

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March 31, 2014
"I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing."

Anais Nin

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