Inspired by Los Angeles poet Haryette Mullen and her book Urban Tumbleweed, today a group of students and I took a tanka walk around the Metropolitan Learning Center building in NW Portland.
When I was eight or nine, my favorite book was How I Came To Be A Writer, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I was fascinated by her story about being my age and writing, and how she managed to make her life as a working writer whose books I loved. This is a "spill" I did two summers … Continue reading Why I Write
Hey Marylhurst campers! I'm so glad to be writing with you at show:tell 2014. Here are those links I mentioned in class, for further explorations. May you get lost in the kinship between poems and poets, may link lead on to link and especially on to more of your own poems. 1, 2, 3 Make … Continue reading Summer 2014 show:tell Workshop
When I was in graduate school, I had the pleasure of working with poet Jeanne Murray Walker. She gave us an assignment for working with metaphor that I found profoundly helpful. It involves reading and observing metaphor in Sylvia Plath's poem "Tulips," which you can read here. Here are Jeanne's instructions: "Okay, here we go. … Continue reading Try Jeanne Murray Walker’s Tulips Exercise
Try writing a semi-glosa like Barbara Crooker's poem, "A Woman is her Mother." Crooker is the author, most recently, of Gold. Find out more about her work here. The semi-glosa is a “nonce" (or invented) form. You'll need 4 short lines from favorite poems, stories, or songs. I asked Barbara Crooker how she wrote the poem and this is what … Continue reading Try Writing a Semi-Glosa