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Some thoughts for Monday

  
 
“Chew your way into a new world.
Munch leaves. Molt. Rest. Molt
again. Self-reinvention is everything.”
 
– Amy Gerstler, ‘Advice from a Caterpillar’
 
 
 
“I like to hear and smell the countryside, the land my characters inhabit. I don’t want these characters to step off the page, I want them to step out of the landscape.”
 
– Peter Matthiessen
 
 
 
“What crazies we writers are, our heads full of language like buckets of minnows standing in the moonlight on a dock.”
 
– Flannery O’Connor
 
 
 
“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”
 
– Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
 
 
 
“Poetry is my love, my postmark, my hands, my kitchen, my face.”

– Anne Sexton
 
 
 
“Writing is finally a series of permissions you give to yourself to be expressive in certain ways. To leap. To fly. To fail.”
 
– Susan Sontag
 
 
 
“Work with all your intelligence and love. Work freely and rollickingly as though talking to a friend who loves you. Mentally (at least three or four times a day) thumb your nose at the know-it-alls, jeerers, critics, doubters.”
 
– Brenda Ueland
 
 
 
“I learned that when writing you should not feel like Lord Byron on a mountaintop, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed, and quietly putting one bead on after another.”
 
– Brenda Ueland
 
 
 
“Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand, the marsh of blank paper.”
 
– John Updike
 
 
 
“We put on our stories before our clothes …”
 
– William Wenthe
 
 
 

The Creative Spirit

  
  
“The creative spirit moves in a body or ego larger than that of any single person. Works of art are drawn from, and the bestowal nourishes, those parts of our being that are not entirely personal, parts that derive from nature, from the group and the race, from history and tradition, and from the spiritual world.”
 
– Lewis Hyde, The Gift (New edition. Canongate, 2007)
 
 
Visit Lewis Hyde’s website.

Kim Addonizio on fear of failure

 
   
“Fear of failure is the biggest thing that blocks creativity. It makes you give up too soon on a project, or on a writing life.”
  
– Kim Addonizio, about creativity interview, 2007
  
  
” … How many days
are left of my life, how much does it matter if I manage to say
one true thing about it –”
  
– Kim Addonizio, ‘The Numbers’
Tell Me (BOA Editions, 2000)

Jane Hirshfield on not writing

 
“Any time I’m not writing (which of course means most of the time) finding my way to a new poem feels entirely impossible. There have been many times in my life when I’ve gone months without writing. This happens frequently enough that I’ve come to think of them as necessary fallows, from which I often emerge with an altered set of poetic energies.”
  
– Jane Hirshfield, MiPoesias interview (2005)