Matrophobia

Mothers by Rachel Zucker -the body of my mother is everywhere- Adrienne Rich –        Matrophobia’ as the poet Lynn Sukenick has termed it, is the fear not of one’s mother or of motherhood but of becoming one’s mother. …a dread that if one relaxes one’s guard one will identify with her completely. mother, mutter, mater, matter…

Besetzung

MOTHERs by Rachel Zucker -the body of my mother is everywhere- … Last spring I fell in love with Bluets, this spring MOTHERs have become the most disturbing & sacred book in my possession. There is a kinship between the two, an affinity in form: both being hybrids, part memoirs and part poetry, and both…

Why not do something important?!

I have this ongoing monolog with myself. It’s a variation over the same question: why study & write about art – why not do something important with your (my…?) life? The question got very loud a few weeks ago when visiting Dachau, but it murmurs on – also in more trivial settings. * Truly, I live…

Patchwork poem

… an ongoing investigation into form…  Today I’d like to share a writing prompt from Poets & Writers:  A cento, Latin for “patchwork,” is a poem composed entirely of fragments and lines taken from other poems and/or written sources. Try creating your own patchwork poem by incorporating lines from various poems in a poetry anthology….

Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012)

July 3, 1997  Jane Alexander  The National Endowment for the Arts 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue  Washington, DC 20506   Dear Jane Alexander, I just spoke with a young man from your office, who informed me that I had been chosen to be one of twelve recipients of the National Medal for the Arts at a ceremony at…