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Jul.28.2008
For years, I've imagined a coffee table book with images of authors' desks and studios. One Redroom author wrote a few weeks ago that her desk is piled high with papers and too unsightly to be photographed.  I said, "I'd like to see it."  She replied, "You first."  My room is...
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Jul.26.2008
I want to share my morning sketch at poet Robinson Jeffers' Tor House, which he built for his beloved Una out of local rocks hauled up from the beach.  When we first moved to Carmel, we lived a mere three blocks away, so it was natural for me to have started reading Jeffers in the early 70s.  I was...
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Jul.23.2008
"I wake to sleep and take my waking slow.I learn by going where I have to go." I’ve been thinking of answering Belle Yang’s question with a poet’s answer. And when I saw Alex Grants post of the above poem, I thought yes. "Poetry is memorable speech." Wystan Hugh Auden. Who also...
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Jul.22.2008
Video of my agent, Ms. Deborah Warren of the East-West Agency. I'm embarrassed to say I've had relationships with half a dozen agents over the course of my nearly two decades-long writing "career." It feels almost as unethical as sleeping around and around. One superstar agent I...
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Jul.19.2008
I have recurring nightmares. In the dreams, I am always angry at myself: why the hell have I returned to the L.A. house I shared with a violent boyfriend? I rush to gather my things, and think only to get away before his return. This dream has frequently inserted itself into my sleeping hours...
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Jul.17.2008
It is frightening to ask a question ,because no one may answer you or think the question stupid, too precious, too cute. It is humbling to receive well-thought out, patient answers (whether they are short like Steven Evans’s or long like Francoise Renoir’s) from the makers in Redroom. I must say...
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Jul.16.2008
I have a burning question: What is poetry? I see the stars are again in alignment. We have Matthew Biberman, Evie Shockley, Cheryl Snell, Marilyn Kallet, Jessica Barksdale Inclan, Susan Browne, and many others whose passion, interest and careers lie in poetry. I am not a poet but read and study...
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Jul.13.2008
Emily Dickinson was Chinese in another life. I'm sure of it. She is everything the Chinese love in art and life. Chinese literature: terse, tight, short, concise, hard as a nut, nature, painterly and intellectual. Goes for the jugular, humorous, impish, a puzzle, musical and tonal (E.D.'s...
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Jul.10.2008
What I have often said to myself is, Gee, when I switch to my Chinese texts at night, I feel like I am moving from one part of the brain to another. It's a physical move that I can almost hear. Swooosh, kachunk. I experience similar shifts when I move from writing to drawing/painting. I've not...
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Jul.04.2008
Home 1:1960-1965 The first house I lived in was on the subtropical island of Taiwan, a faculty unit of a private school where my parents taught. It had a dark hole in the back for the WC. I was too afraid to go inside, lest I fell into the pit, so my mother made use of a spittoon for me to do my...