Story time Sunday — May 12th 2019 — a list poem for Mother’s Day

Writing friends -- Samantha Udegrave and I have been talking about list poems in our class at Hugo House, and I thought I'd share a rough draft of a piece I just wrote this morning. Lists can be a powerful way to engage with difficult material, and I hope you'll use this draft as an … Continue reading Story time Sunday — May 12th 2019 — a list poem for Mother’s Day

What we found at the beach — a magical realism writing exercise

Hi writing friends and welcome to the end of the month! For the last week of April, I'm offering a popular writing exercise from my little how to write magical realism manual, Delicious Strangeness. I've used this prompt in most of my writing classes, because it just about always yields something interesting and usable. It's … Continue reading What we found at the beach — a magical realism writing exercise

At last! 2nd Visit to Bad Germany, part 2

In my previous post from many months ago, I made my 1985 trip to the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany, aka "bad" Germany) sound like a good time, didn’t I? It was a good time. But it wasn’t always comfortable. It was not always fun. One of the worst experiences I had on this … Continue reading At last! 2nd Visit to Bad Germany, part 2

an interruption: The magic of the east, in COUNTER PART, “Twin Cities” ep (Spoilers)

East Germany, that is. I've been trying to write alot lately about the people that I encountered in the place I have been facetiously calling "Bad Germany," by which I mean of course the erstwhile soviet satellite, The German Democratic Republic or Die Deutsche Demokratische Republik.  I have a strange short story making the rounds … Continue reading an interruption: The magic of the east, in COUNTER PART, “Twin Cities” ep (Spoilers)