I walked away and sat trembling on the back step of an abandoned building on campus, embarrassed. Later, at home, still thinking about it and unable to shake the feeling of being somehow exposed to view, I made myself a cup of tea and ate a slice of buttered toast…
Goddard MFAW faculty Bhanu Kapil: It’s the last day: December 31, 2016. The year of shit and magic has, in other words, almost come to an end.
From Goddard College MFAW faculty member Bhanu Kapil:
I would like to close today with a blessing upon your lives, and the writing to come; your own passage as writers in the world:
From the love that was given to me in my family, whether I knew it or not at the time.
From the desire to speak and write in a radical English, the English of a country that is not mine.
I give you the number 76. I encourage you not to give up until you’ve tried something 76 times, whether that’s applying for a job, revising a draft or sending it out. I encourage you to write with endurance and abandon.
And I hope that you fail.
I hope that you fail in such a way that you start to shine, as brightly as you did when you first began.
Goddard MFA Faculty member Bhanu Kapil offers an experiment in recursion: “I’m descending as I write these words. I’m flying above the Pacific Ocean as I write these words, refusing to do it, to read or to write…”
Who are you?! Whoever you are – whether you write the hybrid or live it – I hope this checklist is useful for you. It is designed as a way to assess your final manuscript at the end of G3
How to lie down forever in a sentence, so that the sky above you breaks off into black and gold pieces. The sky falls down to the ground where you lay: posed, supine, and rained upon. Lie down inside a