Picture it: you submit a poem to a literary journal of any sort, knowing full well the risk of rejection. Months go by, seasons pass, and you slowly forget that you sent anything at all, imagining your submission […]
In my hometown, there is a stop sign near a brick-clad elementary school that I pass every time I’m driving into town. The sign looks pretty standard until I approach the corroded base of it; underneath the bright […]
White space is awesome.
It reminds me of having too much space on a big couch.
You can sprawl out and lay across it, or you can take up one small cushion and tangibly feel the space beside you; in the same […]
I think fiction and memory can coincide quite effectively.
Often, I start writing about a particular moment in my life, and it turns into these half-fabricated and half-truth poems that do a better job […]
My brain thinks in pictures.
Mostly big ones.
This makes poetry hard when we’re dealing with small units like the line, punctuation, a space, a breath.
I was having a phone conversation about music […]
I find it interesting that you disagree with Phillips’ assertion that “…the first few words…will become the line, which will become the craft I need to carry on.” I think “carrying on” is not an […]
I value poems with a story and a general narrative flow from A to Z. As a writer, I tend toward creative non-fiction, and thereby adopt many of it’s inherent principles even while writing other genres. When I […]
This summer I ate curly fries almost every single day.
I smelled like kid sweat and mod podge.
I also had barely any time to be alone and write extensively…mostly anything I was able to write was written […]
I wanted to write a post concerning my source showcase next week, which is largely centered around people & living source.
I struggled for awhile with figuring out how to fully understand […]
Grace Gilbert commented on the post, Steam of (ADHD) Consciousness: Taking cues from Diego’s “Poetry Freestyle/Off the dome/”, on the site The Contemporary Poem 6 months, 2 weeks ago
This was really cool to read. I love how rhythmic your stream of consciousness seems to be, and I agree that it is super important and very relevant to our understanding of the self and the mind.
Sometimes I forget about the classical.
I get so caught up in the contemporary that it’s easy to look back in disdain for poetry and craft that existed in a time before the trends that poetry is seeing […]
I never had good friends in high school. Heck, by the end I didn’t really even have friends in high school. I had one or two friends, only one of which I talk to on occasion still. High school was a slow, dragging […]
Over the “spring” break, while trapped in my lovely boyfriend’s small hometown for three extra days due to the blizzard (can’t complain), I got some much needed library time. He and I, both advocates of “Woah The […]
I figured I would jot down my thought process in crafting the upcoming writing exercise. I’ve noticed that the places I’ve tended to write about the most lately are quite disjointed in nature:
Kitchens (of all […]
Submission sounds like a dirty word.
When I think of submission, I think of the Church and I think of writing. Either way, I have always been too stubborn to NOT cringe at the thought of submitting under […]
I told the guy I’m seeing that I don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day. He was relieved to hear this, of course, so he wouldn’t have to try and present a gift that represents love when “I love you” has been a […]
Grace Gilbert commented on the post, Collaborating With Other Artists: My Struggles and Thought, on the site The Contemporary Poem 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Collaboration seems so ideal and productive.
As it is, though, collaboration is actually kind of hard to do. I think, as someone who processes my writing, and thinks by writing…it’s hard to include someone […]
Grace Gilbert commented on the post, Sometimes to be Great at Writing You Have to Suck at it Too, on the site The Contemporary Poem 8 months, 2 weeks ago
I just wrote a blog post about the confusingness of knowing whether a poem sucks or not…without even reading this!
Girl, I get you. *Virtual fist pump and collective sighing ensues.*
Especially with putting […]
Whether it’s on a word processor, a napkin, tattooed on my body, a piece of lined paper…the same question always seems to get asked when a piece of my craft is finished:
Does this suck?
I know that every […]
I’ve seen themes of my poetry dwell in the familial realm for many years. When I was younger, I would write poetry about my younger sister and how proud (or angry) I was that she was born. I would write about my Mother being the comfiest pillow ever. I would write, write, write about how much I loved being in a “girls only” household with my mom…[Read more]
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