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"Any normal man must nourish his body by means of food put into it through the mouth."M.F.K. Fisher, "When a Man is Small" It is a cold winter night--cold for these parts, anyway--and I am lying in my bed, cringing my feet to escape the little insidious tendrils of icy air creeping under the blanket… Continue reading M.F.K. Fisher by Book Light
I cannot describe how thrilled I am to have a poem featured in Panoply, a literary zine based here in Florida. "Argyle Forest" is a poem about growing up on the suburban margins of Jacksonville. You can read it over at Panoply with my deep thanks.
Raincast mosaic on my hotel windowstreaks Fogo de Chao andblurs too-small memories where here (for example) I shook the man’s handtoo small to see pastthe shadow of work or there (I presume) the slash pines stoodtoo small to stand againstCheesecake Factory. In silence unawarethey were taken down,down across the river flowing. Drop a quarter in… Continue reading Town Center: A Draft
Not long after the guns of the Civil War fell cold in the 1860s, John Muir opened a notebook and inscribed his name on the frontispiece. “John Muir, Earth-Planet, Universe,” he wrote, situating himself as firmly as any of us may hope to do so. And then he started walking, a thousand miles or so,… Continue reading Muir’s Notebooks: Thinking and Working in the Age of Distraction
Opal we called the lake where X-ray sunlight cast shifting pillars of warmth into jeweled depths
Close your eyes and check in with your body. Start with the top of your head and scan down to your toes. Check for places where you’re holding tension. What’s your posture or pose like? Where are your muscles relaxed or contracted? Write about your current state. People say we “hold tension” like it reflects… Continue reading Prompt 2: Tension
Note: I am working through the book The 1-Minute Writer by Leigh Medeiros, which is available right now as part of a Humble Books Bundle at Humble Bundle. You’re on the phone with a far-flung friend who wants to hear about where you are right now. Check out your surroundings. Capture the essence of what… Continue reading Prompt 1: A Postage Stamp View of my Office
I always do this: "Oh, I'll never have enough to say to make it to the page limit. I need to do more research!" So I gather more and more. And then I write well past the page limit with even more to say. In the end, it feels like I trained for a marathon… Continue reading How Much Research is Enough?