Oh hell, here’s that dark wood again –

What I like about Kim Addonizio’s poem “Divine”? Actually … a lot; but most of all how she combines the divine and the profane and puts herself in Dante’s shoes, as if they were her own. And of course — they are! Divine by Kim Addonizio Oh hell, here’s that dark wood again. You thought you’d…

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…

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…

White matter … (s)

I’m reading Kim Addonizio’s book Ordinary genius, a guide for the poet within (2009). In the beginning I didn’t really like her workbook-ish style, but gradually my impression changed, and now, a quarter into the book, I’m indeed starting to enjoy it. In between writing challenges & exercise there are some very interesting and important…

For Kim

– who asked for pictures of my books/bookcases I do not think Mrs Woolf would have appreciated it, but it is the truth, and I’d better tell you: There is no door into my new study. Its an open attic, everyone can enter – whenever … At the moment I’m focusing on learning how to write…