I confess that, after having taught creative writing for more than 35 years and read tons of student writing I don’t remember and tons of good and great books by good and great authors I also don’t remember, I sometimes find myself wondering if we really need any more new writing.
The ReMix begins: 2004 draft cuts: (in parens)– 2017 adds: IN CAPS:
After the election, I saw and felt a frozenness–I NEEDED (wanted) poetry (to arrive and speak to me–) to convert (a tableau of different shades of) dread to (a weave of) courage and CUT A PATH TO transformation. TO ROAR. I wanted something to take AND SPEAK the pain, (naturally). And poetry can hold IT (every complex yearning).
Many thanks for the wonderful response to Clockhouse Volume Five–here are a few more excerpts! To learn more about Clockhouse and its contributors, to purchase past and current copies, and to submit work for next summer’s Volume Six, please
Clockhouse, the national literary journal published by the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference in partnership with Goddard College, is extremely pleased to announce the publication of Volume Five and to offer a few excerpts here. We hope you’ll visit the Clockhouse
Goddard MFA faculty member Kenny Fries‘s In the Gardens of Japan was published by Garden Oak Press. The book includes drawings by Ian Jehle. In the Gardens of Japan is a companion to In the Province of the Gods, which will be published
Casey worked as a journalist in the Marines until, in the late l970’s, she attended a writing conference in California where one of the faculty told her she should, be writing poetry instead. Casey took this person and their work and when she returned to base, declared herself resident poet, meaning she would no longer report to duty.
I gave my name
rank an serial number,
said I was a poet. Beyond
that I refused to speak.
Rather than send her to the brig for going AWOL, Casey’s superior officers sent her to the psych ward. Part of her time in the psych ward is a subject of this book.
“This issue celebrates the pain and brilliance in the breaths we take or don’t. See how much time has to offer in the 2016 issue of Clockhouse.” So says Editorial Director Sarah Cedeño in her reflection on what so many
Goddard MFA in Creative Writing faculty member Douglas A. Martin‘s poem “Eelgrass” was chosen for the Poem-a-Day project of the American Academy of Poets. The poem appeared on October 13 and can be read here. Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily
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…”
NASA asked us what might this mission teach us about ourselves and our universe. NASA asked us how are we as a people are stretched and deepened by explorations beyond our Earthly home. And we have answered—collectively, surrealistically, idealistically. We are ready for our words to ride aboard the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft on its journey to the asteroid Bhanu/Bennu.
MFA Faculty member Jane Wohl talks about the light, shadows and feeling of poetry in this video from Saturday University, along with an immigration lawyer speaking on immigration law and how it affects Wyoming, and a biologist discussing polar bears and climate change.