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Angela Redmond-Theodore
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Jun 2, 2013, 2:29 PM

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I've considered myself a poet for most of my adult life, though I haven't felt much like one for some time. I'm not only not prolific; I'm hardly productive, writing in fits and starts, wondering what on earth I think I'm doing with my uninspired bits and pieces. Still, I want to feel a part of a beautiful world, as a gardener is as breathtaking as the patch of color in her backyard.

My go-to writers are Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Elizabeth Alexander, Dolores Kendrick, Sherman Alexie.
What else can I say about myself? Here's hoping.


R.A. Stewart

Jun 3, 2013, 11:27 AM

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Re: [AuntieA] Part of a beautiful world [In reply to] Can't Post

Welcome to the Speakeasy! I think how and whom you read, and especially what writers you take as models, is important to a writer's development. You have an impressive go-to list.

I know all too well what it's like to be hardly productive. Being in frequent conversation with a community of writers might help--let's both hope it does!

One other piece of advice I remember reading--I think it may have been in one of Mary Oliver's books--likened the muse, inspiration, however you may think of it, to a friend and said, basically, if you had a friend who always said "let's get together" but never made time for you or showed up when you made a date, you'd eventually stop trying to get together, wouldn't you? So we have to make time for writing and honor that time, and keep honoring it even if the muse doesn't show up. People like me especially, who have a history of not making time for this, we have to earn the muse's trust, and it may take a while.

Now the other thing I know all too well and have demonstrated all too thoroughly, is that that is easier said than done. But that's my thoughtlet for the day as I read your thoughtful introduction.

Again, welcome.

(This post was edited by R.A. Stewart on Jun 3, 2013, 11:28 AM)

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Frank Larkin

Jun 3, 2013, 1:42 PM

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Re: [AuntieA] Part of a beautiful world [In reply to] Can't Post

Welcome, Angela. Glad to see there are others in the same boat. I think it's important what R.A. said about honoring our commitment to write. It is hard to do sometimes. I have been the worlds worst lately. I call myself a writer but I find countless excuses for not sitting down and writing. I'll tell myself it just doesn't feel right or something else. Usually though, if I'll just sit down and make myself do it, I find that before long the words are flowing and I get energized. I think it's like most anything: the hardest part, sometimes, is getting started, or (parking butt in chair) as someone here once said. Again, welcome to the Speakeasy. Hang in there!

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Jun 8, 2013, 4:07 PM

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Re: [AuntieA] Part of a beautiful world [In reply to] Can't Post

Welcome, Angela. I often don't feel like a poet, although some people claim I'm not correct in that. One thing that helps is the sign over my desk (actually, one of the signs). It's a quote from the painter Chuck Close: "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up for work."

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