These experiences and questions matter. They are, in fact, vital. I’m grateful for the way Zucker tends to them and the way this book tries to make space for something new.
I always feel better when I’m making something, and today’s soundtrack was an essential reminder. It’s time to refocus and it’s time to shift and these seasons I loathe (fall and winter) may be the perfect opportunity. For once, I’m thinking they could be good for me. Perhaps I can use them to get my feet back under me?
As a writer, the tension Barbie creates is pure gold. Contemporary poets are all over it and have been for many years — taking everything that comes with this cultural icon and making it their own.
Now in my 50s, I am (both IRL and in writing life) thinking about comfort over appearance. What would it mean to let go of the idea of pretty or sexy or cute? What would it look like to write what I like — “acceptance” be damned?
If you want to be a writer, absolutely surround yourself with people who admire and support what you’re doing. But understand it starts with you. You have to care. You have to take care. You have to be there for the work and for yourself.
POETRY PROMPTS / Simple, straightforward prompts to use as inspiration for this year’s poem-a-day extravaganza!
In which I learn what I already knew: Being a writer and artist means practicing. It also helps to play — and celebrate small wins along the way!