Posts Tagged "Ann Pancake"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 44

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Archive | 10 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 44

I was talking earlier about my increasing sense of the sacred nature—I’ll call it that—of this work I’m part of,  the work of the imagination, fiction and poetry. My friend Ann Pancake has a splendid essay in the latest issue of The Georgia Review on this very subject. Ann is talking about her choice to fictionalize the awful destruction of land and culture caused by mountaintop mining in her home state of West Virginia (and elsewhere). Documentation would have been one response. But what if you get down inside, if you imagine what it’s like? Literature, she says, both the...

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What We Must Not Write

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Archive | 3 comments

What We Must Not Write

Quotes I’ve saved and am trying to figure out why, # 2: This one is from  Stephen Corey, the inimitable editor of The Georgia Review: “The best writing we do is that that lies closest to what we must not do.” I’m thinking about that “must not do,” as meaning “Uh-oh, this will expose my father, my mother, this will get me into trouble with my ex-husband, etc.” Or maybe Stephen has in mind something else. Maybe he means that what I must not do is fall over into un-truth. What I must not do is let sentimentality stand for what actually is the case. Or, what I must not do...

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