I'm 40 today. Not exactly sure what that means. There's no great clarity after four decades except that I’ve gotta keep doing this writing thing.
William Stafford once wrote, “My aim is not to be a writer, but to write” (from the book Sound of the Ax). I’ve thought of myself as a writer for much of my life. The tricky part is how to make writing, actually writing, the first priority of my life. Last week, I went on… Continue reading Don’t be a Writer, Just Write
When I graduated college, a professor gave me a copy of Letters to a Young Poet and I've been reading through it lately. Here's a thought from my journal dated February 4, 2018: Rilke says in his first letter to go deep within and find what bids you to be a writer. For me, the… Continue reading Thinking about Rilke
In 2011, I heard the poet Naomi Shihab Nye speak at Earlham College. She said two things I still remember: everyone needs to read Every War has Two Losers, a collection of William Stafford’s writings on peace (including excerpts from his daily writing), and to write three lines in a notebook everyday. Here’s a video… Continue reading Write three lines in a notebook everyday.