OLD BOOKS, Part III: Standing by Words, by Wendell Berry

When you read Wendell Berry, you get the distinct and refreshing feeling that you are in the presence of sanity. Berry sounds sane in a way that few modern writers do. Why? His ideas come across as good, beautiful, and true, and he stands by what he says. In all his works (poetry, essays, criticism,… Continue reading OLD BOOKS, Part III: Standing by Words, by Wendell Berry

Something Wildly More

One of my favorite writers, Marilynne Robinson, once said in an interview with Bill Moyers that human beings “exist wildly in excess of any sort of survival mode that could be posited for them.” She said that if you use animal behavior as a model or correlation to human behavior, “you’ve simply excluded everything that… Continue reading Something Wildly More

Poem-A-Day Challenge

I’ve taken on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-A-Day Challenge this month (http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides).  It’s a fantastic way to crank out the words and get new ideas flowing.  Some poems will probably be duds, but the fun is finding the firecrackers along the way!  Feel free to join in!  Check out Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog daily in… Continue reading Poem-A-Day Challenge