Poetry

Poetry Sunday: Marge Piercy’s ‘A Work of Artifice’

Sometimes writing touches on the more suffocating aspects of life. Marge Piercy’s “A Work of Artifice” captures that tension between care and captivity perfectly. American poet and writer Marge Piercy (1936-) grew up and came of age in the Midwest. She first began publishing her poems in the 1960’s, and much of her writing reflects the… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Marge Piercy’s ‘A Work of Artifice’

books · resources

Of Rakes and Dandies: Chap Records as Historical Dating Apps

At the turn of the 20th century, people couldn’t keep blogs about their dating adventures. They could, however, keep chap records. To modern ears, the phrase “chap records” sounds like a clumsy reference to a child’s first chapter book. But the phrase was a bit different. Young women used chap records, which were mostly blank… Continue reading Of Rakes and Dandies: Chap Records as Historical Dating Apps

Publishing · writing

Finding an Agent: When Gender Matters for a Writer

In a perfect world, agents and publishing houses would judge authors based solely on syntax, characterization, plot, and other aspects of writing. But our world is far from a perfect one, and an author’s race, gender, and sexuality can still play a role in who is published. In particular, some of the recent discussions about gender… Continue reading Finding an Agent: When Gender Matters for a Writer

Poetry

Poetry Sunday: Marianne Moore’s ‘Roses Only’

Sometimes the greatest thing about a person isn’t her beauty and grace. It isn’t her sweetness and softness. Sometimes a person’s strength is in the parts of her that are the sharpest. In her poem “Roses Only”, Marianne Moore captures that idea perfectly. Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was an American poet who explored the human experience… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Marianne Moore’s ‘Roses Only’

books · writing

The Disappearance of a Writer: Barbara Newhall Follett

Writers often lead strange lives, but sometimes that strangeness means they leave behind mysteries that the world is unable to solve. Barbara Newhall Follett was one such writer. Follett was born in New Hampshire in 1914, published her first novel at age 12 in 1927, and disappeared without a trace at age 25 in 1939. Follett… Continue reading The Disappearance of a Writer: Barbara Newhall Follett

Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: Anaïs Nin’s ‘Delta of Venus’

“A writer, who was a celebrity in Paris, had entered her shop one day. He was not looking for a hat. He asked if she sold luminous flowers that he had heard about, flowers which shone in the dark. He wanted them, he said, for a woman who shone in the dark. He could swear… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Anaïs Nin’s ‘Delta of Venus’