Who says we can’t write poems that break open cliches about being a woman!? Well, no one really, no one worth listening to. If you are writing about aging, check out this great poem and be inspired to speak freely, and think out of the box!
When I Am Old
by Moyra Donaldson
I’ll have dewlaps and a hump and say what all the time
in a cross voice: on every one of my bony crony fingers
a ring. My lips painted with a slash of bright fuchsia,
I’ll drink margaritas by the tumbler full and if my dealer
dies before I do, I’ll just have to look for younger suppliers.
I can’t imagine not being interested in sex, but if it happens,
so be it, really I could do with a rest, complete hormonelessness.
I may forget who I am and how to find my way home, but be
patient, remember I’ve always been more than a little confused
and never did have much of a sense of direction. If I’m completely
demented, I’m depending on friends: you know who you are.
“When I Am Old” by Moyra Donaldson from Selected Poems. © Liberties Press, 2012.
Reblogging for all you book and library lovers: Never before seen images of the oldest Bodleian Library reading room. How I’d love to write there, surrounded by history! Click through to the article for more images.
Photograph by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 Built in 1487, Duke Humfrey’s Library is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. Duke Humfrey’s Library is named after Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester, a younger son of Henry IV of England. He was a connoisseur of literature…
via This Reading Room at the University of Oxford is One of the Oldest in Europe — TwistedSifter
Huffington Post publishes thoughts from 18 writers on the work ahead.
from the New Yorker magazine.
“This is precisely the time that artists go to work.There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
More concrete resources: take action on what you feel strongly about – Slate has a great list HERE
June’s meeting had lots of ‘news & goods’ as well as two new members. Welcome to Winona and Joyce! Here’s hoping we see more of you and your work.
Carol Burbank returned from her Canada trip inspired by a writers workshop with author and playwrite Alison Waring. Carol reports progress on multiple writing projects including a new book on education reform for people with disabilites. She also led us through an exercise to develop our own individual writing prompt for this month. She’s offering various workshops and online courses that you can find out about here.
Cheryl Holloway announced she’s been nominated for two awards online! Cheryl also let us know that she’s offering to be your writing productivity coach. “Write every day and in a year you have your book!” Easier said than done as we all know. You can contact Cheryl here.
New member Teresa is getting a great response to her first ebook and shared some of her marketing strategy with us. She’s interested in more discussions on marketing out self published books. You’ll find her address on the latest email list.
Lyn Scott let us know she’s moving into DC on June 27and invited all to a party at her home Saturday 6/25. She insists she’ll return for meetings, and I hope so!!
Patrise called for volunteers to meet and plan Summer Camp 2.0 or its equivalent. A goodly number of members joined the committee and we’re meeting at the Accokeek Dunkin Donuts at 1pm Monday June 27.
And, the deadline for the Erotic Writing Challenge is extended until July’s meeting. So keep writing, girls!
Remember I am always delighted with submissions for this blog and will help you gain contributor access or post something you send me. Don’t be shy!
I look forward to seeing you all Monday for our June meeting
Cheryl, Gee & I are eagerly awaiting your submissions for the Erotic Writing Challenge! We’ll discuss what comes next with the Challenge and other summer plans.
Carol’s back from her successful journey and will have inspiring things to share with us.
See you at the Library!