I just returned [July, 2011] from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas. What an amazing place, what lovely and talented people! Here are a few quotes from our staff poets who led workshops and gave craft talks.
Sometimes the dissatisfaction with the end of a poem is the next poem.
The soul is a metaphor of the traveling ability of the mind.
I’m interested in how poems entangle us between white space and the first utterance.
Repetition is a form of devotion.
[In poetry] it’s the shape of a backbone that is precious to me.
I want to work in a way that will put my fear to rest.
…this poem is a metaphor for listening.
–Cathy Park Hong
If you are considering applying to the Community of Writers then do it. Without a doubt, do it. I promise you can make good choices AND be a poet at the same time.