Autumn Approaching

As fall comes on here at the cottage in Southern Ontario, we are seeing more and more geese gathering in preparation for their migration south. In honor of both these birds and the season, here’s a moving poem by the Vietnamese poet, N’Guyen-Khac-Hieu, taken from the outstanding film Winged Migration. “In our next lives, we’ll remember … Continue reading

Alfred Kazin’s A WALKER IN THE CITY

I’ve just finished reading Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in  the City,  as part of my research for a WIP. Kazin (1915-1998) was an Anerucab writer and critic whose work often depicted the American immigrant experience in the early 20th Century. The son  of Jewish immigrants, he was born and raised in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn. In … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR SEPTEMBER

Our writer’s quote for September comes from the American writer Henry Valentine Miller (1891-1980). These writing quotes are all taken from his book Reflections on Writing. “I had to lay one brick on  another, set millions of words to paper, before one real, authentic word dragged up from my own guts.” “The artist expresses himself … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR AUGUST

“In the fall I believe again in poetry. If nothing else, it is a movement of the mind.” This month’s writer’s quote comes from Finnish poet, writer and translator, Aila Meriluoto, who published her first collection of poetry in 1946 at the age of twenty-two.

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JULY

July’s writer’s quote comes from the great Colombian novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and screen-writer Gabriel Jose de la Concordia Garcia Marquez (1927-2014), one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. “As a writer, I’m merely a journalist who has learned to write better than others.” “It is much more  important to write than to … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JUNE

Michael Francis O’Donovan (Frank O’Connor) (1903-1966) is an Irish writer with more than one hundred fifty works to his name. He is most known for his short stories, though he was also a literary critic, novelist, and poet. Much of his writing is autobiographical, most notably The Man of the House based on his childhood in County Cork.   “As … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MAY

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885-1972) was an American poet and critic who lived in London, where he worked as an editor of several literary magazines, helping to promote the work of contemporaries T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He is best known for his unfinished epic, The Cantos. “Poetry is a composition of … Continue reading

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a 19th century Tewa Indian prayer.                           Song of the Loom. O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love. Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp by the … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR APRIL

John Ruskin (1819-1900), was the primary English art critic of the Victorian era. He also wrote on a great variety of subjects in equally varied styles and forms including essays, lectures, poetry, manuals, and travel guides. He even wrote a fairy tale. Here’s what he had to say about reading, writing, books, and art. “A … Continue reading

IN HONOR OF THE SPRING EQUINOX

A bit of poetry from Billy Collins for the first day of spring: TODAY If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the … Continue reading

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