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Yeats – Ice or salt?

“All that is personal soon rots unless it is packed in ice or salt.” Yeats

Poet Mark Doty says of this, “Of course the ice and salt [Yeats] meant was the power of form, the preservative element of language, which can hold a moment from the past, allow us to return to it, and allow us to give it to someone else.”

And for you? Ice? Or salt?




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Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet

Istanbul 2007

Istanbul 2007











To think of roses and gardens inside is bad,
to think of seas and mountains is good.
Read and write without rest,
and I also advise weaving
and making mirrors.


(from ‘Some Advice’, 1949)

Nazim Hikmet


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“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”   

                                                                       Plato, The Republic


This quote begins my essay, The Body Remebers, that will be published in a collection that is released in April, 2009. The collection, Because I Love Her – 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond, includes essays by Karen Joy Fowler, Joyce Maynard, and Jacquelyn Mitchard, and is edited by Andrea N. Richesin. 

How do your children’s passions, such as dance, or your own childhood passions, find their way into your fiction, essays, and art?


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I often read poetry before I begin writing or editing. This was true of my first novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop (published November 2008), and is continuing as I write the second novel.

Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables. Sappho

Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables. Sappho


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Bluestem Writers


Write from the heartland..

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