Yesterday I presented Terry Tempest Williams’ essay “Why I Write”, and asked you to reflect upon your own reasons for writing. I got some very good accounts, but none of you mentioned the Muses, our divine source of inspiration … … can it be that beauty (like Robinson suggested) is totally out of the question? … More a divine source of inspiration …?
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS: I write to make peace with the things I cannot control. I write to create fabric in a world that often appears black and white. I write to discover. I write to uncover. I write to meet my ghosts. … … I write to honor beauty … So many good reasons … More Why I Write
In the beginning of July I had some splendid writing-days consisting of me writing my own story over/across/on-top-of a beautiful story I was reading (almost like a palimpsest). I read and wrote side by side, letting the words I read inspire & drive my own thoughts and feelings. old manuscript containing the earliest surviving writings … More Best Books for Writers
Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated. Terry Tempest Williams * * * Only that day … More When women were birds …
Jun 30 Richard Gilbert posted a review by Lanie Tankard, a review of When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams. I knew nothing about Terry Tempest Williams before I read the review, but Tankard convinced me that this was an author I would love to read. And I do! You can get an idea … More Terry Tempest Williams interview