Posts made in August, 2016

My Wobbly Bicycle, 120

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Archive | 7 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 120

I’m feeling that I’ve been out of touch.  I’ve been working hard to get My Wobbly Bicycle: Cancer and the Creative Life ready for publication. Of course I’ve been thinking about how I posted faithfully every week back then, how I kept you up to date with my treatment, my anguishes, my life in general. Naturally that was for me as much as for you. We were/are in this together, this life with its ups and downs that have no end until they do. How interesting it is to go back over that year, to look at what I wrote, to ask myself if I’d write the same thing now! No, of course not....

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 119

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Archive | 13 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 119

Lies, all lies—what I’ve said about how I became a writer. A narrative was called for, and I was possessed of a handy one. It feels kind of true, the one where my father recites poems, looks up dictionary words, enthralls me with language. But I couldn’t have been enthralled if I hadn’t already been a tuning fork, could I? Resonating to a pitch I already knew. Which is only a way of talking, certainly not as accessible as the Dear Old Father story.   Saturday at the Rainier Writing Workshop, the MFA program where I teach, Lia Purpura gave a talk, “On Re-Enchantment” that...

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