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On Moving and Art Making

On Moving and Art Making

In his book Art As Experience John Dewey writes that spontaneity is the result of long periods of activity. He suggests that is something available only to those who have long been absorbed in observation of related material and whose imaginations have been occupied with reconstructing what they see and hear. Like a volcano, a creative outburst presupposes a long period of prior compression, a transformation of original raw materials. Read More »

On Being Strangers with Your Spouse

On Being Strangers with Your Spouse

Today is my parents’ anniversary. They have been married for 38 years. So, I asked my mom if, after all that time, she felt like she knew my dad entirely, like there was nothing new she could learn about him. Luckily, her answer supported my thesis. She replied: “Definitely not. How could I when people continually grow and change?” Read More »

Review of Letters and Life by Bret Lott

Review of Letters and Life by Bret Lott

Reviewed by MELANIE SPRINGER MOCK

For a number of years, I’ve used Bret Lott’s short essay “Genesis” in my first-year writing courses. “Genesis” narrates Lott’s first memory of printing his name, and traces the way that initial creative act becomes Lott’s “own small imitation of God.” The essay is rich in its simplicity, a fine example of the old (but true!) first-year writing class bromide of showing, rather than merely telling about, an experience. Read More »

AIR Series: Casey Underwood & Judith Deem Dupree

AIR Series: Casey Underwood & Judith Deem Dupree

 

Our next installment in the AIR Series features an artist-in-residence and a writer-in-residence!

Please join us for what will be an environmentally-centered reception of Casey Underwood and Judith Dupree’s work:

Saturday September 27th 5-8pm

The Ruminate Barn at

1041 N. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins

Beer and appetizers are provided at this free & open event Read More »

Process: The Night Sea Journey Part

Process: The Night Sea Journey Part

“What was your writing process with this poem?” Recently, I froze when a fellow woman-poet asked me this in a writing workshop.

I was thinking, “Well, I email myself a poem draft 45 times after each minute revision in a different font, and pretend it’s from a poet-friend-far-away. But that’s a quirk, not process, right?”

Then, she said, “You need to articulate how you write. Do you walk in the woods reciting your poems, figuring out the downbeats? Do you internalize your rhythms? Do you black out found texts?” Read More »

Keeping Awake

Keeping Awake

“The Spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake.” -Thomas Merton

I’ve been looking for structure, something to push back the chaotic hustle, busyness, and multitasking that can be so wearing. Somewhere I read a quote from a monastic who said multitasking was a kind of violence against the soul, and I remember being shocked by the severity of those words—especially in a world, okay my world, that honors efficiency and productivity—but I also remember feeling the truth of those words. Read More »