This past week I was at a lake with parents and grandparents and uncles and aunts and children, the grownups piloting boats around for hours on end so the kids could fish or waterski or tube behind it. Endless making of lunches, endless baiting of hooks. Endless how to wakeboard, how to waterski, how to … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Tom Sleigh
Greetings, friends, Minnesotans and countrypeople, There are still openings available in my one-day Creative Writing Kickstart workshop on Saturday morning, August 1 in Uptown Minneapolis. The focus of the Kickstart is writing from life: where you are now, where you were, and points in between. We’ll do several brief writings, discuss some short published works … Continue reading August 1 Creative Writing Kickstart class!
The other day in my poetry hut, where people sometimes leave little poems as well as taking them away, I found this tiny poem penned out on a piece of scrap paper. Galway Kinnell, who died last year, was one of my favorite poets; I always sort of had a crush on him, based solely … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Galway Kinnell
I love that the Times has started publishing a poem every week in the magazine. This one floated up off the page at me last week. It makes me think of what writer Anne Lamott calls the three essential prayers: Help, Wow, Thanks. That feels about right to me. The Word That Is a Prayer … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Ellery Akers
My beautiful friend, I have been thinking about you. That’s how the letters between you and L almost always begin. Letters, because that’s what they feel like even though they’re written via email. These letters are almost always long, not intentionally, but because there always turns out to be so much to say. It was … Continue reading Portrait of a Friend, Vol. VI: My Beautiful Friend
NOTE: DEAR FRIENDS, THE FIRST CLASS FILLED IMMEDIATELY SO I’M ADDING A SECOND SECTION THE DAY AFTER, ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM, AT 3554 BRYANT AVENUE SOUTH IN UPTOWN MINNEAPOLIS. Date and venue have changed, but everything else remains the same. Changes below noted IN CAPS. * * * Greetings, … Continue reading SECOND CLASS ADDED! August 1, 9-1, Creative Writing Kickstart: Writing from Life
Greetings, friends, Minnesotans and countrypeople, I’m offering a one-day Creative Writing Kickstart workshop on Friday afternoon, July 31 in Minneapolis. The focus of the Kickstart is writing from life: where you are now, where you were, and points in between. We’ll do several brief writings, discuss some short published works (provided) and talk about various … Continue reading One-Day Class on July 31: Creative Writing Kickstart!
These days I spend a fair amount of time walking the beach and watching surfers. I don’t know how they do it, how they paddle out there and then hang out, waiting and watching for oncoming waves that are big enough to skim underneath, along, in front of. I don’t know they can see that … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Todd Boss