Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

one of the goals of writing about an experience is to mythologize it— Saturday morning, nothing scheduled – open day ahead of me; in my world this comes pretty close to happiness – ! After a short walk with my dog, I sat down to read The Thoreau of the Suburbs by Diana Saverin, a…

riding the monsters

In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology has warned us. But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them farther over the world’s rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys the rest, which gives…

on beauty

A main theme for my non-fictional writing this year will be art and beauty, or beauty in art. It might sound like an obvious choice for an art critic, but the thing is: It is not! It is almost as if the concept beauty has become a taboo. Or as Marilynne Robinson says in the…

extraordinary books on writing – part one

Dani Shapiro: Still Writing, The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write. You might read Still Writing as a memoir, I read it primarily as a book on the craft of writing. I don’t think I have ever before compared any…

the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

Today I’m reading The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux. I like it a lot. I really haven’t read many books on writing, but (contrary to a lot of readers & writers) I enjoy much of what I read in this genre. “Every good poem…

worth trying?

To my surprise I have found my own writing to be a kind of hybrid genre, placed somewhere in between poetry and the essayistic. I love using hard-facts, you know: the quantifiable ones …, and am daily playing around with facts about the world that I find in encyclopedias and on pages like this &…

Going Wild – a collective list

   Between the laundry and the fetching kids from school, that’s how birds enter my life. I listen. K. Jamie * * * RECOMMENDED READING Annie Dillard: EVERYTHING Rebecca Solnit: A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Wanderlust W. G. Sebald: The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, Campo Santo Alice Oswald: Dart Kathleen Jamie: Findings J.A….

Get Lost!

Lately, Nature Writing has become a favorite genre of mine. Having studied literature for many years, I’m not really sure why or how I ended up here? I just know that I have so much more yet discover – which is a fantastic feeling in itself! For as long as people have been writing, they…