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December Poem of the Month: Winter Trees, William Carlos Williams

Enjoy this lovely poem from William Carlos Williams, an early 20th century poet who, with Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), and others, formed the core of what became the Imagist movement. From  the Poetry Foundation: “While correlative revolutionary movements had begun in painting (Cezanne), music (Stravinsky),

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Internal

  Week 18 My landscape this week is internal. I have sequestered myself until the winter solstice, when Your Brain on Ink is midwifed into the world.  Writing is like this for me: I must immerse, sit, “stare at a blank page until drops

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LIVE! with Kay: Reflections on 30 Years (Kay Adams and Kate Thompson)

November’s LIVE! with Kay was a switch of the microphones: Kate Thompson interviewed me on my reflections at my 30th anniversary of my first Journal to the Self (then Write On!) workshop. I admit to being surprised at some of the turns the discussion took. The hour before the call,

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Kay’s Journal: Year at Crown Hill, Week 17: Lift-off

It is the week I have been anticipating for months, the week that has made me apprehensive, the week that my task is to take stacks of paper and craft them into a workbook. It is the week that I complete my finished first draft of Your Brain

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 16: Summit

The word summit has two meanings: the highest point, or a meeting of leaders. Sometimes a gathering of leaders also represents the apex of an upward climb, and that’s what the 2015

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 15: Home

In the early summer of 1959, my family moved from Utah to the western suburbs of Denver. There was a park with craggy bluffs and a wide  creek at the end of our street. I thought all kids grew up with wilderness at the end of their streets. Cottonwood trees

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November Poem of the Month: As Moths to Light, Vanessa Jackson

This month’s poem is an unpublished beauty from my friend Vanessa Jackson, best known for her short stories (Small Displacements,  What I Cannot Say to You) and novels (The Anthropologist’s Daughter, The Revolving Year) but also an accomplished poet. It’s for all of us who

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 14: Returning

My landscape is once again familiar and dear. Three weeks away has cleared cobwebs from my mind, soul, and spirit. I loved every moment of my UK adventure (well, maybe except for that one hotel room), down to the very last day, when Mary Reynolds Thompson and I taught “Writing

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 13: Switzie

My near-fortnight on the Isle of Cumbrae came to a gentle release last Friday, when we unwound the circle and (nearly) all hopped on the same ferry to the mainland, where we boarded the train to Glasgow Central train station, then

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October Poem of the Month: I Want to Write Something So Simply, Mary Oliver

This month’s poem of the month comes from Mary Oliver, a remarkable poet whohas won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry. She is well-known for her nature images, her simple yet powerful language, and the spirituality that weaves its way

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