Murder your darlings. Famous words in writing, where the judge (that's writers like me) tends to grant words clemency a bit more often than advisable. In reading famous editor Terry McDonell's The Accidental Life, I came across a small section that serves as wisdom not only for prose writers but for the non-prose sorts in … Continue reading “Murder Your Darlings”
In the latest issue of Rattle, Timothy Green interviews Meena Alexander, an Indian-born poet whose latest book, Atmospheric Poetry, is forthcoming in 2017. Intrigued by an essay and lecture Alexander wrote for the Yale Political Union, Green started his interview with the same topic she tackled in New Haven: What is the use of poetry? Meena's … Continue reading “You’re Very Lucky If Two People Are Reading Your Stuff.”
Getting a book of poetry accepted by a publisher can be a heady experience akin to euphoria (or maybe "me-phoria" is a better word). Is it any wonder that there might be a hangover, then? I'm speaking of the sophomore slump, the term used for athletes, students, and artists who worry they will never match … Continue reading Sophomore Slumps ~ Real or Old Husband’s Tales?
Everybody loves freebies and, if you're a bibliophile like me, you especially love it when that freebie is a book. Welcome to the Goodreads Giveaway, a program where GR's reading millions can get in on some free action by simply registering for the many, many books that site offers for free consumption. Of course, giveaways … Continue reading The Tricky Ethics of Goodreads Giveaway Program