So I've been uncertain what I wanted to use Ello for. What was this digital space meant to be for me? But now I think I've lit upon it; this will be my read & response journal online. Be prepared, I read some weird stuff.
Last night was my first chance to glance at the reconfigured kenyonReview - note the nifty new branding of the once stodgy The Kenyon Review. They're going bi-monthly now, in the hopes of being more accessible & relevant to younger readers.
Lee Upton has a piece in there, A Reverse Alphabet for Finishing. Writers writing about writing is one of my favorite things, if for no other reason than it makes what I do every day seem so much more laborious than I find it myself. There are such pure honest notes; the rush to be finished, to be done, to get the story over and out of us, so we can be free and move onto the next thing.
There's this: "On some days I am pulling a boat by a fish hook buried in my neck: trying to finish writing this novel."
"Sometimes a novel's bottom half differs so markedly from its first half that it's a mermaid."
(Aside - Rose Lemberg was talking about a need for funny mermaid poetry. What would make a mermaid laugh?)
"I'm not really done, I've just sealed off all the exits."
"The older writer rewriting his or her younger self can consume his own, like Saturn devouring his children."
(Aside - look into Cecila Gimenez, Ecce Homo, Elias Garcia Martinez: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecce_Homo_%28El%C3%ADas_Garc%C3%ADa_Mart%C3%ADnez%29
which leads us directly to the prayer Lord, may we be saved from the well intentioned.)
There's a story in the story about a poet who's carried along an unfinished work with him for many years; when it's finally finished, he dies.
The form is interesting; the reverse alphabet is just different enough to catch the interest. Some bits shine, others not so much.