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Archive for 'Beyond writer’s block'

Reading at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

March 10, 2009, Below is an announcement for a reading this Friday in the Minneapolis area, near the astonishing Mississippi River. I am racing to do too much. Little wheels spinning like a cartoon character. Haven’t posted. Great excuses. The world is the biggest. Visiting my senator (we still only have one in Minnesota), and [...]

Writer’s Block versus The Head Cornerstone! A mighty battle!

July 30, 2008 Dear Writers,  I wouldn’t exactly say I am on a roll, like some blog-crazy youngster, but I do feel the need to write more on writing, this big mystery, not as great a mystery as determining the location and nature of evil, or understanding what love actually is, but it is a [...]

How can we know the writer from the dancer?

January 30, 2008  I am thinking that every act is a creative act. Only some creative acts provide an opening into something vital; other creative acts provide duplication, follow the path of habit, add to repetition, create walls – solidity – separation from the vital and the as yet unborn. And some acts, of course, create [...]

Good-bye to the blink of an eye year; taking hold of this one coming, to step fully into writing.

I wrote the below last week, in a snowstorm. I want to remind you to check the previous post, some good newsy stuff to notice, and to let you know that Grand Web Master Brian Tanaka has pointed to January 11 for the likely release of The Stories of Devil-girl novella-download, so expect more news soon. In the [...]

The Return of Devil-girl! or, The Stories of Devil-girl, a novella

The Stories of Devil-girl is a novella which I recorded on a double CD set and released shortly before the war in Iraq broke out in 2003. It works at the crossroads of poetry and prose, and of autobiography and fiction, perhaps also of the brutal and the magical. I began writing it in 1989, [...]

The Invisible: Burning cereal and the creative process. And 2 poems out in Poet Lore.

So captured by the possibility of having a communal talk in cyberspace about this mystery of writing, that I am writing this, freewriting this onto the site, and it is, except in cyberspace, invisible. And this is what this posting is about, the invisible. And its power. We know that at the moment we are at [...]

Freedom’s just another word for re-entering the mystery of your own writing, or, how to start writing again tomorrow!

I said that I was going to tell you a bit of a story about a painting by Jose Clemente Orozco (one of the Mexican social realist muralists (1883-1949) along with Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros)-”Gods of the Modern World”-and I will. But as with any story, there are a few places to stop [...]