An evening of Myth and Poetry
February 1, 2017 in Trinidad, CO
When a Paragraph Will Do?
This has been the unintended motto for my life and my writing. Ask me any question and you will get, as my father puts it, 'the answer and a little bit more.' Although some would argue with the 'little bit' part of that. Brevity has never been my strong suit. In the editing of my upcoming novel The Appearance of Terrible Things, it is a skill I'm cultivating.
Maybe it has been that process that fed my sudden interest in poetry. I've never been terribly charmed with the genre before but through a visit to a writing conference at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and a promise to a friend, I've found a new love.
In late December of last year, I took up the practice of writing a poem every morning. The drill was that I didn't spend over long in the thinking of a topic beforehand or in the writing of it after my husband and I came back from horse chores. Now it's become somewhat of an addiction and my day hasn't started properly until I've written down a few lines.
Being able to capture the character of any given moment using, not paragraphs but short sentences, is a challenge I'm warming up to. And I've discovered the works of other poets, far more accomplished than I am, who are showing me the way.
My first book, Life at the Far End, is a selection of these morning snapshots, the ones that give the best picture of the movements of nature in my valley, of the relationships that make up life here, and of my thoughts and experiences through winter into the coming spring.
Why Use a Sentence
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