Posts Tagged "Sherry Simpson"

My Favorite Quote #5

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Archive | 4 comments

My Favorite Quote #5

Favorite Quote #5 is from Sherry Simpson :  “My new motto: Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” Now this is a bit tricky, as I sit here typing while lining up in my head the next four things I need to do, and my email is dinging and I have four tabs open (only four!), and my husband is in the next room putting away clothes and I’m feeling guilty for not helping. I have not closed my study door, which is a sure sign I am going to stay scattered, that I’m willing myself to stay spread out into the world. Then there’s the whole issue of “marketing” if you’re a...

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The Case of the “Dead” Brother

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Archive | 7 comments

The Case of the “Dead” Brother

Once I heard a poet read a poem about his brother who had died a tragic death. The audience was deeply moved. Afterward, some people came up and asked him more about his brother. “I don’t have a brother,” he said, somewhat airily. “Do you assume my poem is about some factual truth?” I was offended. Others were, too. WHY we were is the interesting question. When what we write appears to be truth, is it okay to lie? This is an issue that merits some looking into. And has been—most recently for me at a panel discussion by Rainier Writing Workshop faculty members Sherry Simpson, Mary...

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