July 17, 2016

So... back in the day (and that day seems ages ago) I worked on the first draft of my novel using a method of my own making: scrummy writing. Since a novel is a huge pile of work, huge enough to take your breath away, I decided I needed to find a way to focus. Enter sc...

July 16, 2016

"We are not afraid of night,

Nor days of gloom,

Nor darkness–

Being walkers with the sun and morning."

From 'Walkers with the dawn' by Langston Hughes

I think about the world a lot these days. I mean, what the hell? The news has become a long litany of place names: Orlando...

July 9, 2016

we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind

While there is still time.

From 'The Mower' by Philip Larkin

These are the last lines of a poem that has a hedgehog dying in a mower. I couldn't bear to post more of it. I just hate it when animals die, even fictional...

July 2, 2016

"Do not believe that the aged believe. Any more

than the young, the safe. I cannot foretell 

my conclusion. Just that increasingly, my body

is parts: the hand in its dappled glove-work of skin,

the ribcage, the knee. And what of the self,

progenitor of the naming? " 

From 'A...

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