Sweet all at once…

How sweet all at once it was for meto be rid of those fruitless joyswhich I had once feared to lose…You drove them from me,you who are the true, the sovereign joy.You drove them from me and took their place,you who are sweeter than all pleasure,though not to flesh and blood,you who outshine all light,yet […]

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Next Up…

Last night Anna and Gen and I (and current MFA-ers) attended a reading at Ristretto Roasters featuring our favorite Leni Zumas, Sarah Jaffe, and Noy Holland. It was amazing to hear all three women read, and I can’t wait to check out Holland’s collection, Swim for the Little One First. What she read was beautiful, and I […]

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Coach

“You can’t teach talent, but you can teach people how to read strenuously and mimic the moves of rock-star writers so that they eventually accumulate a toolbox of skills. No different than baseball players or ballerinas or painters or pianists. A writing teacher is a coach. I’m forcing them to watch footage of games repeatedly. […]

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The Normal School

It’s so sunny in Portland. It feels like summer is here, and I left the apartment without a safety jacket (for the usual inevitable chill) for the first time…ever? Not ever, but in awhile. And so it was a great day. The sun of course, and a trip to Powell’s after my duties at Portland […]

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