Posts made in August, 2017

My Wobbly Bicycle, 140

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Archive | 16 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 140

I have not been in touch. Again. I have not wanted to strain to invent something just for the sake of posting. Then this morning, propped up on four pillows, three white, one red, having foregone meditation to drink coffee and read a difficult book of poems, I realized—no, I thought—no, I was taken by the question, “What decides when I shall speak?” What set of circumstances drives words onto the page?   I have been taken by caretaking. Jerry is not okay. The back surgery followed by the hip surgery has caused some sort of muscle problem. He is getting fierce cramps. He walks,...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 139

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Archive | 2 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 139

I moderated a panel this week at the Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program where I teach. Five of us prepared our thoughts on what writers can offer in this emergency political situation. Oliver de la Paz listed some practical things. This is from my notes.   Write a love letter to local organizers. Tell them how much you appreciate what they’re doing. Help fundraise as an artist. Donate your art for some event. Offer to contribute your writing; read a poem at a local event or rally, for example. Connect organizers to writers who speak to what they’re trying to do....

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