Announcing Oneself as a Writer
Blog Post by Marilyn Kallet - Jul.16.2008 - 5:05 am
Breakfast with writers I don't yet know always scares me a little at first. But the group was fairly congenial. A painter, Cynthia, who is working on "skin" (she's painting pores and wrinkles, sounds like); another painter my age I look forward to getting to know (though she expressed some mild scorn for the short nature of my jog this morning), and a writer who is working on a novel about smuggling a copy of Ulysses out of Paris in the early 20's (her grandmother did that). I told them I was going to start a new book of poems (nothing like announcing oneself--a self-fulfilling prophecy, let's hope) with a poem about Darwin eating a new species by accident (it's true). They had lots of questions and now I need to research this at the Sweet Briar Library. Dinner involved some of the jockeying for position that always goes on the first few nights (what are you working on? how many books?) Why do I come here? I get more work done here in three weeks than in six months at home. And I have old friends here, some at VCCA, some at Sweet Briar, and Wayne and Robert in Amherst. They own the beauty salon and we are fast friends. Cheers, Marilyn
"Eternity is in love with the productions of time."”
Marilyn Kallet was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in New York. She is the author of 16 books, including The Love That Moves Me (poetry); Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, Black Widow Press; Circe, After Hours, poetry from BkMk Press; The...
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.