I take the title from an E. E. Cummings poem, which in his own exuberant way, roots his experience in gratitude, which seems like a pretty good place to start, eh?
“Write often, write a lot” has been my motto for most of my writing practice, informed by the number of people who called themselves writers but would say things like, “I’ve got lots of ideas. I just have to write them.” From my experience, it’s the writing part that makes all the difference. Writers are just people who write–some even get published, but the real difference is doing the work.
I jumped at the chance to start my sabbatical with the 30/30 project with Tupelo Press in part to re-engage with the practice, the actual work of writing, and to compress the generation, evaluation, and revision process.
And yet, the prospect of writing and sharing a poem a day also scared me. But I signed up because it made me edgy. It’s the energy of what Shunryu Suzuki wrote in Zen Mind, Beginner Mind: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
Too much knowledge, too many well–established habits, and too many comfortable routines deadens the mind and heart. It’s important to forget all that and begin again.
I am grateful for this opportunity, and will post pics and more info on the creative process–my other project–as I interview people and finish my reading.