My friend Laurel Smith, who is also a poet, has been able to secure the use of a cottage in New Harmony, Indiana, for the two of us to write poetry for 5 days. The cottage is free, and we will each have our own room. Laurel is an Indiana writer, and she has used this cottage before.
I've just returned from The Porches, a writing residency in rural Virginia. I wrote two or three poems a day there--I'm not saying they're good, just that they exist. And now I can revise, refine, and generate some new work.
In order to maintain some depth and continuity, I'm inviting my personae to weigh in during each new venue. So I'll hear from Euridice, and maybe Orpheus (though he's more reticent than she is), from Dante and Beatrice, who continue to try and sort things out (though he's seriously dead and she's immortal). I may also find continuity in stories of slavery and freedom, and in the old graveyards, where stones have been speaking to me. In fact, in a certain state of mind, everything is willing and ready to be a poem.
This is probably my last leave from teaching before I retire--and so I am trying to savor and to make the best liqueur from the fruits of travel (this is a metaphor, I don't have time to press grapes and berries!)
I was lucky to have internet at The Porches. Will there be wi-fi at the log cabin? I'm betting not, but there must be a cafe in town. I leave tomorrow and will report back soon.
All cheers to you in your work, Marilyn
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.