I love reading writers on writing — interviews with authors about how they work, where they work, why they write, and so on. The Guardian has a series on writers’ rooms that I love to pop into now and again; here’s Seamus Heaney’s.
This week I’m reading two very different poems about poetry and writing poetry. Charles Wright is the current United States Poet Laureate; his poem “Reunion” is short, and very personal. He ends the poem with,
Archibald MacLeish’s “Ars Poetica” is a playful, self-contradictory riff on Horace’s famous work of the same name, a set of guidelines for the crafting of poetry. In his rather famous and formulation,
What are your favorite poems about poetry?
Two notes from the poetry world:
Apparently a treasure-trove of lost Neruda poems has been found. (The Guardian)
Charles Simic’s tribute to his friend Mark Strand is wonderful, moving, human. (NYRB)
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I also love reading about how writers work, and seeing the rooms they work in. Even though I am not a writer, I like to imagine what my own writing room would be like, if I had one. 🙂
Happy Snow Day!
Thanks! It wasn’t so bad, since we didn’t lose power. Did you get hit too?
Yes, but it wasn’t so bad here, either. The kids were happy, though, with 2 snow days (the second one because it was still pretty icy).
You are a writer! You write incredibly thoughtful reviews, and that makes you a writer in my book.
I’d love a writing room. Sigh.
Thank you! And, someday you will have one. 🙂