Most of the poetry I write is about my dysfunctional family, divorce, and other losses. Also I write about my spiritual quest. I know, this sounds depressing, but in my experience, it's writing from that "white-hot place" that has the most power. When we dig into where the hurt lingers, even if we don't write about the hurt, we get great writing. Given that, I like reading poetry and prose that takes emotional risk.
For the Big Poetry Giveaway I'm sharing the following books:
(1) In the Convent We Become Clouds by Annette Spaulding-Convy. I love this book and I love its origins. Annette was part of a Roman Catholic Religious order when she was a young woman. These poems convey experiences and ponderings drawn from that time in her life.
(2) Want by Rick Barot is filled with imagery and detail. I'm particularly excited by the forms Barot uses in crafting poetry. As a fiction writer, I especially love the short-short form, playing with space on the page, the numbered collage, and the alphabetical essay. Poetry and short fiction have this in common. I appreciate Barot's eclectic style and exploration of desire.
If you want to read more about The Big Poetry Giveaway, go to the following link:
If you are interested in poetry readings in Bellingham during Poetry Month, check out Village Books. There'll be a number of great readings this April.
If you are interested in writing Memoir with me at Whatcom Community College this April, check out the website: www.whatcom-communityed.com The class starts 4/25 and runs for three weeks.We will be using the short-short form to write memoir. Abigail Thomas's book Safe Keeping is our primary example...if you haven't read her book, it's a treat.
Keep writing and see you around town at poetry readings,