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“Your struggle with your varied self, or selves, yields your art… .” – Joyce Carol Oates, The Faith of a Writer
When we allow the things moving through us to have voices, our writing carries us to different places, places of amazement and connection. Stories may come galloping, hissing and smoking their way across the paper, and we can’t write fast enough. Those words appearing before us may surprise us, and without fully understanding, we find ourselves in unknown places, with people who are not familiar, and feeling powerful emotions never expressed. As Sharon Olds, Pulitizer prize winning poet, said, “All that wanting to seem normal in regular life, all that fitting in falls away in the face of one’s own strange self on the page.”
Today we welcome Guest Blogger Neil Harrison, of Norfolk, Nebraska. Neil has worked as a yardman and a night chute-man at the (then) world’s-largest livestock auction, as a feedlot worker, construction worker, house painter, machine-gunner in the 325th Airborne Infantry, casket bearer in Arlington National Cemetery as a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, farm and ranch hand, block layer’s assistant, gas station attendant, plumber’s assistant, masonry crew worker, postal clerk, and English instructor, with various episodes of schooling scattered throughout.
His poetry collections are Story (Logan House 1995 & 1996), In a River of Wind (Bridge Burner’s 2000), Into the River Canyon at Dusk (Lone Willow 2005), and Back in the Animal Kingdom (Pinyon Publishing 2011). His stories and poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies. Welcome, Neil!
THINGS ALSO COME TOGEHER
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer; things fall apart . . .”
–Wm. Butler Yeats, The Second Coming
Exactly how things come together in a piece of writing it is impossible to foresee, and often hard to recall. Yet it is this unpredictable alchemy involved in the writing process that can result in a work that offers the writer as well as the reader a truly unique educational experience.
Whether you are a beginning writer or one with many publications to your credit, this blog is your invitation to join the writing community.
Our wish is that it will serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement, and that it will help you reach deep within and write to your fullest potential. Welcome!Learn More About Becky & Lucy»