When Dean Young Talks About Wine - Tony Hoagland


The worm thrashes when it enters the tequila.
The grape cries out in the wine vat crusher.

But when Dean Young talks about wine, his voice is strangely calm.
Yet it seems that wine is rarely mentioned.

He says, Great first chapter but no plot.
He says, Long runway, short flight.
He says,…

Just Happy to be Writing

'If you wish to write something of value you will get yourself a mouse that has died of some dreadful disease.' —Russell Edson

Read the whole article on writer Rusell Edson here: http://bit.ly/1ohNz0f

"Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."
- Kurt Vonnegut: http://bit.ly/1h09WhY

Vance Joy performs ‘Riptide.’ 

I love you when you’re singing that song and
I got a lump in my throat because 
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

": Where do stories begin? Let me try:
once I pretended I could lightning. I broke
my mother’s heart. She would never tell me this.
I spent years practicing unshattering for her, silent."
- Heather Knox, “Effort at Speech between Two Lovers,” published in PANK (via bostonpoetryslam)

London Grammar performs ‘Hey Now.’  What is on your writing playlist? 


THE GAP by Ira Glass

This is a great video about plugging along in your creative work & working through the gaps. 

'Coffee me.' 

'Coffee me.' 

"Dear Portia, you can love anyone
given enough hours, but our hearts
always beat like this: I have / to leave,
I have / to leave, I have / to leave.
- Jenny Boychuk, “Dear Portia,” published in Birdfeast (via bostonpoetryslam)

(via birdfeast)

Quitting the Paint Factory


by Mark Slouka


I distrust the perpetually busy; always have. The frenetic ones spinning in tight little circles like poisoned rats. The slower ones, grinding away their fourscore and ten in righteousness and pain. They are the soul-eaters…

One of the best essays, ever: http://bit.ly/1mGHm8R

"What I work to dispel in my students is the prevailing myth that inspiration comes like a light bulb over the head, a lightning stroke to the spleen, and all we have to do as artists is wait for the lightning and then transcribe it. I think instead work comes from hundreds or thousands of hours of working through things, from pouring lots and lots of observation and thought into every paragraph, every dead-end, every false start. And I believe the magic of a good short story, in particular, comes from the compression of so many days of thought into a space that can be experienced by a reader in an hour or so. So for me it comes from spending a lot of time in the language of whatever subject I’m interested in at the moment, shells or snow or radio or violin making or whatever, and working slowly, backtracking out of lots of dead-ends, toward a concerted and unified vision."
- Anthony Doerr (via mttbll)
Banango Street Issue 6: Now Live!



Banango Street Issue 6, prose guest-edited by Ben Tanzer, is now live! Go forth & read excellent poetry & prose by: Raena Shirali, William Fargason, Jill Talbot, Christopher Kempf, Joseph G. Peterson, Emily Kendal Frey, Sarah Jean Grimm, Justin Brouckaert, Lorenzo Conte, Zoe Dzunko, Anne…


'Poetry is about time running out, to some extent. You can think of that purely formally — the line ends, the stanza ends and the poem itself ends.’ 

—Dean Young at Gwarlingo

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