RIP Gord Downie

Last Tuesday, September 17, Canadian Gord Downie–rock musician, writer, activist and front-man for the Tragically Hip–succumbed to cancer at the age of fifty-three. In honor of this exceptionally talented man, here are a couple of his more writerly quotes: “I write everyday. I walk around in silent conversation with my latest unfinished songs.” “A great … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR OCTOBER – NEIL YOUNG

This month’s writer’s quote comes from the great Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, director and screenwriter, Neil Young, as quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. “When you start writing don’t let other things bother you. Just keep going . . . . You have to be open. If you’re paying too much attention, you’re not open. I just want … Continue reading

U2 in Phoenix

An amazing U2 concert Tuesday night, September 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with few changes in the before and after Joshua Tree set-list from my Pasadena show back in May. Bad, always a high-point of any U2 show, came in the first segment in Phoenix in place of A Sort of … Continue reading

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

SHORT STORY IN RETREAT WEST ANTHOLOGY

Excited to say that my short-listed story Robin (The Handle of a  Child’s Bucket) will be published next month in RETREAT WEST’s autumn anthology What Was Left, with a launch party in Reading, UK, September 7.

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.

HENRY MILLER’S BLACK SPRING

I’ve just finished Henry Miller’s Black Spring, among memoirs I’ve been reading for research on an upcoming book. A 20th-century American writer from Brooklyn, Miller (1891-1980) created a unique type of novel now known as Fictionalized Autobiography. His work has been criticized, especially in his early days, as being overly explicit. And much of it is. … Continue reading

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