I Repent: Words for Charleston

After the Charleston tragedy, I posted this on Facebook: “No words for what happened in Charleston. Just no words...stunning...” I was right in one sense.   It was stunning. I wrong about the other part. There are words. There must be words.   In Charleston Shooting: Speaking the Unspeakable, Thinking the Unthinkable, Charles P. Pierce challenges us …

Tetrameter Fragments

So I've been experimenting with various ideas about what to do with the tetrameter that I've been writing each morning for over two years.    For the moment, I've decided to pull fragments out and create panels experimenting with text and texture.  I've got lots to learn visually, but it feels like there's potential here. …

Why I Write

Why do I write? Popular wisdom says to “start with the end in mind.”  So often, I write without much of an end in mind at all.   I start from where I am, the movement of forces inside me, and work out from there.   Usually, it begins with a scan of attention across my inner …

Spinning…

Truth is…I’m spinning. Anybody else spinning with me? It’s hard to be honest about that spinning, because frankly, life works better when spinning is at a minimum, and balance reigns. What do I mean by spinning? I mean this: to sit at my computer (surrounded by an office of books on Christian faith, creativity, writing, …

Writing: Getting to It

Inauguration day, as a moment of beginning and continuation, strikes me as a fine day to begin writing again.  So here we go. After a great Christmas in New York, where I got to hang out with my NYC gang—namely, Amy Berryman and Daniel and Grace Berryman (my amazing kids), not to mention my lovely …

Poetry Tuesday: 100,000 Words

The most significant writing I did in 2012?  Hard to say yet, but here’s one contender: over one hundred thousand words in lines of free verse tetrameter. 100,000 words in sessions of 15-20 minutes a day 5-6 times a week.  Had no idea until I transferred all of it into Word files. Is it any …