Spirituality

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?
Writing

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.
Writing

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

Writing

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

Years Ago

Blogging Party: European Vacation

  Thank you, thank you, to my many blogging friends who bring Europe to me! I'm proudly American, but I lived in Germany and went to school there, and had the chance to get around Europe. So my loyalties are divided. The USA has abundant natural resources, stunning landscapes and an almost crazy amount of… Continue reading Blogging Party: European Vacation

Tracy Lee Karner
Poetry

Insight into The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

In response to Richard Gilbert's suggestion that I tell the story behind the story of my book (which is about, among other things, "becoming a writer"), I've been writing a series on poetry's influence on my development. Poetry was my first love. And although poetry is no longer my one and only literary infatuation, I… Continue reading Insight into The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

Tracy Lee Karner
Poetry

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey: my love affair with poetry, part 3

Wordsworth was twenty-eight years old when he composed Lines in 1798. 190 years later, I was twenty-eight when I first read his poem, and immortality touched me. I had tried repeatedly to appreciate Wordsworth’s poems. I trudged through them only because they had been assigned and I was a dutiful student. But I found his poems difficult… Continue reading Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey: my love affair with poetry, part 3