Benedictine Life

Judith Valente–poet, journalist, and Benedictine oblate–on “How To Live”

At the intersection of reading and writing, in the spaces where listening, silence, prayer, and wonder happen--there is poetry. There, too, is where I find support for living as a Benedictine. Some months ago I decided that my blog will focus on "Reading, Writing, and the Benedictine way of life." Since then, I've been pondering… Continue reading Judith Valente–poet, journalist, and Benedictine oblate–on “How To Live”

Have I found something to say?
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Becoming a writer: finding something to say

Being writers is what people are; becoming published is what writers achieve when someone believes they have something to say.  Publication validates you. It says someone thinks: your writing is understandable;  your writing is interesting,  and therefore your writing is publishable. Being published means you get to take on the ridiculously impossible challenge the privilege of writing for strangers who don't really care about you. Readers are busy people. They… Continue reading Becoming a writer: finding something to say

Poetry

Three Haiku After Winter

Three Haiku after Winter Swelling buds and apple blossoms emerging. Winter's stars sink westward, new hope awakens. Listening: the full stream rushes, it rejoices. Traditionally, Japanese Haiku is a form of syllabic poetry of three lines, with 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second, and five in the third (17 syllables total). English-language poets… Continue reading Three Haiku After Winter

Let it go; forgive and give life.
Essay

Becoming a Writer

 Becoming a writer is like becoming who you are meant to be. It’s uniquely personal. No two lives, and no two writer’s journeys are the same. Here's what my journey toward becoming a writer has looked like so far: Throughout my book-wormish childhood and adolescence, I kept picking up pen and paper, writing stories, poems,… Continue reading Becoming a Writer

Poetry

How to write a Sestina in 6 (not-so-easy) steps

You want to write a fine poem, don't you? Poets.org says that the effect of a sestina, achieved through intricate repetition, is often spectacular. In a sestina, six words, repeated in a prescribed pattern, take the place of a rhyme scheme, weaving an enchanting web of sound for six, six-line stanzas plus one three-line stanza. I… Continue reading How to write a Sestina in 6 (not-so-easy) steps

Poetry

How poetry ignited a long-term online friendship: a conversation with Violet Nesdoly

  Are you interested in writing poetry, and connecting with other writers? Are you wondering whether there are any benefits to writing and reading poems? To explore these questions, I'm inviting you to eavesdrop on my long, virtual conversation with Violet Nesdoly, as we cyber-talk (or, more accurately, as we type back and forth) about… Continue reading How poetry ignited a long-term online friendship: a conversation with Violet Nesdoly

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5 right reasons, and 3 wrong ones, for writing your book

Should you or shouldn't you write that book?   3 WRONG REASONS to write a book: You think the life of a writer is enviable and glamorous. BZZZTTT. Any real writer will unfailingly tell you that writing is not glamorous. It's a lot of lonely, hard work. You figure if you can just write a best-seller,… Continue reading 5 right reasons, and 3 wrong ones, for writing your book