There's a great post on the Inauguration poem over at the Good Letters Blog. Here's my favorite excerpt, which is just applicable to the task of writing anything, I think:
"It’s very, very hard to write in language that transcends the moment and also serves the moment, and that has a sense of grandeur without overreaching for that grandeur....what I always learn when I read great poetry and when I embark upon each new poem [is] that you have to be very, very humble."
Finding good language to both transcend and suit the moment is always difficult. And humility is always a fitting response to that task.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The Inauguration Poem (2)
I'm a writer, an incurable reader, a narrative theorist, a media researcher, a scholar/author/writer/consultant, a PK, and the Queen of Soup Making. I write a lot, and I've taught a wide range of topics in universities. Along my journey I've picked up a PhD in Communication from Purdue and 2 degrees in English. I've been turning my ideas about communication as author-audience relationships into a communication paradigm that can be applied to a wide range of situations. I'm also writing a historical mystery series. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime, and the co-chair of the Mystery and Detective Fiction Caucus of the Popular Culture Association. My MA thesis focused on connections between T. S. Eliot and Thoreau, who each wondered about how to remain still and still moving. Before I went to grad school, I spent 7 years working for a division of HarperCollins Publishers.