Pam, that is.
Feb 25, 2009, 5:02 PM
Post #1906 of 2554
OK, we are the same person.
Re: [havana5am] Low-Residency MFAs
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I'm unemployed and stagnant. A while back, I wrote a biography of the British musician Sandy Denny. Then I had a disagreement with the publisher and the book was repressed. Kind of a big legal mess, and very dispiriting. But, looking back now, it was a great experience, in the sense of the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times."
I worked as a music reviewer and loved being around other creative people, but I had a growing sense that I should be creating, not re-creating. Then I just started a run of bad luck--some of it for which I'm to blame, some not--that culminated in my watching a hell of a lot of TV and feeling like a failure. That and writing poetry, after years of staying away from it--poetry became a sort of lifeline.
I feel like I couldn't have done this earlier. I was immature, I was inexperienced, I had a whole bunch of life to live before I was ready. Now I'm damn good and ready.
I remember the crows that pecked people on the head outside Hornbake (where I also worked for a time). I have a grudge against that library because it was like a big ol' noisy shopping mall; one day, I overheard someone spoil the ending to one of the Star Wars movies just because I walked too close to the second-floor phones.
"What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it." --Richard Thompson