On the first Mother’s Day I have spent alone in some 30 years of mothering, I took a long morning walk to the spring-fed turquoise waters of Calanques de Cassis.
then spent several hours writing. Mes enfants me manquent, I miss my kids, my mind and my body whispered. So I replied, “Yes. But I adore being alone in this quiet fishing village, in residence with myself.”
Life at The Camargo Foundation was above all quite and private: womblike. A week into my month-long Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency, I wrote on being away by myself in a beautiful place–a Mother’s Day article for my local newspaper, where I write an occasional column “On Poetry.”
In the article, I included two poems that speak from a mother’s perspective, one by Camargo fellow Bonnie Bolling, who has four boys; and the other poem about having breakfast en plein air …
celebrates the house of our longings, our memory and our hopes. That house is filled
with real people, imperfect, living among frogs, herons, and muskrats, watching the moon and stars, not for a sign, but as emblems of what we are: watchers together. The poems are taut, poignant with love, the raw trouble of love and of families. They go unflinchingly into the hollows and find all the light that’s filtering in. —Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy
Words for House Story featured in Best Books of 2015 at Beltway Poetry
as a Best-Dressed book at The WARDROBE
read more poems The Swing
The Blue Spotted Salamander
Your Heart and How It Works
Death among the Thistles
—wood engraving by Leonard Baskin
Out here in this leggy light
Can I know my father in retrospect? Can I know my father by making up his life?
I need time to think about this question, with my pen in my hand. I am looking forward, with gratitude, to a November residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts that will give me time to dream my father. I am happy that the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation believes in my work enough to fund this upcoming retreat with a 2012 Creative Fellowship. The VCCA and the MAAF are valued partners in the arts here. Writers & painters & sculptors & musicians & activists I have met during previous stays at VCCA, many from the Mid Atlantic states, have become friends, collaborators and precious models for me as I pursue my writer’s life.
My father is dead and his presence haunts me. I have been doing research to learn something about …
The 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen will be held September 27 – 30, 2012 at the gorgeous Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
What are these people so happy about? Can you tell they spent the day writing? After a hot breakfast? Took a break to walk along the shore? Had a gourmet dinner served? Spent the evening talking with fellow writers about poems and stories? Drank all the coffee they wanted? Are looking forward to another day of writing quietly, intensely, happily? APPLY to the 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen.You must be a Delaware resident. The Information flyer and application are at Delaware Division of the Arts homepage. Deadline for materials to be received is June 4. Story-writing workshop led by Alice Elliott Dark. Poetry workshop led by JoAnn Balingit.
(2010 participants with workshop leaders JoAnn Balingit, Tama Baldwin and Frank …