I didn’t know how obsessed I was with the world – with the actual word “world” – until I went through my second book of poems and saw that I used the word at least 30 times. Actually, another poet told me I used it 30 times but of course I went back and counted the words myself (because they were my words) to see if this was true. I’d never done anything like that – count how many times a word got used. I wonder if other poets do this?
Goddard MFAW faculty Michael Klein: The beautiful writer, John Berger, who died a day into the New Year once said to the living: “hope is not a form of guarantee; it’s a form of energy, and very frequently that energy is strongest in circumstances that are very dark.” For all of you, I wish radical hope.
Goddard MFAW faculty Michael Klein: Apparently, E.L. Doctorow once taught a course that only had one book on the syllabus. The class read the one book and decided from there what the next book should be. If it was Jane Eyre, somebody might then suggest The Wide Sargasso Sea, which was a prequel and written by another writer at a completely different time. Perhaps, reading both books would give a person a rounder sense of the world created by both sets of characters.
My best poetry teacher ever was a poet named Jack Myers who titled a book, As Long As You’re Happy. Pete Seeger once said, “there’s no such thing as a wrong note, as long as you’re singing.” When Pete Seeger died,
I groomed a Derby horse in 1984 named Swale and he won the race, too. And then years later I learned how to write prose through a book I stayed with called “Track Conditions” which was published in 1993, I
Congratulations to MFAW-VT alum Chera Hammons who just had the following poem published at Rattle.com.To mark National Poetry Month, here is the poem, in its entirety: THE DESCENT OF THE GERMANWINGS Musicians know how to write silence, how to lay
MICHAEL KLEIN is one of 23 poets (W.S. Merwin, Marie Howe, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Sharon Olds among them) who, for National Poetry Month, has their photo image (by MFAW student Shef Reynolds) and line from one of their poems
An excerpt from MFAW-VT alum Emily Stern’s memoir When Doves Cry, which is the evolution of her thesis, is in Entropy Magazine today. Author’s Note from Emily: “When Doves Cry is about my mother and her death from complications of HIV/AIDS
MFAW-VT student Lucy Snyder’s recent nonfiction book (Shooting Yourself In The Head For Fun And Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide) and her short story collection (Soft Apocalypses) have both received Bram Stoker Award nominations.
MFAW-VT students Paul Molyneaux’s short story “Roll or Die” just came out in Maine Boats and Harbors. And student Lucy Snyder’s short story “The Abomination of Fensmere” was just published in the anthology Shadows Over Main Street (Hazardous Press). Congratulations, all!
MFAW-VT Alum (Spring 14) Joslyn Robinson just had her second article published on the online literary genre magazine, The Artifice. Here is the link: http://the-artifice.com/writers-guide-hero-journey/ Congratulations, Joslyn!
Lucy Snyder’s story “Spinwebs” was just published in the anthology Not Our Kind (Alliteration Ink). Congratulations, Lucy!
“The Heart is Not a Metaphor”, Robert Gober’s retrospective at MOMA ended on January 18th, which makes me happy I saw it but unhappy for those who missed it. Gober works in various mediums—installations being, of course, the most enveloping