Friday, January 24, 2014

Puritan Authors Discuss Their Craft // Kathryn Mockler

Puritan Authors Discuss Their Craft // Kathryn Mockler

Start As You Will Go On, David Poolman (2004-5)
Past Puritan author (and Rusty Toque and Joyland editor) 

Kathryn Mockler discusses her poems (from way back in Issue 9: Winter 2010!) and the digital drawings and political unrest that inspired them.

“Global Warming” and “Gun Shots” are early versions of poems from my second poetry book, The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012).

I started writing these poems in 2004, and the initial inspiration came from a series of digital drawings that my husband, David Poolman, was working on called Start As You Will Go On (2004-5).

After September 11th, I realized I wasn’t as informed as I should be about world events, so I made it my mission to know what was going on outside of my bubble. By 2004, I became particularly obsessed with the absurdity of the Iraq War and the media’s portrayal of it. The problem with being more informed is that it can lead to deep feelings of helplessness and despair, which I think set the tone for many of the poems in this collection.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Mother in a Refugee Camp Written by Chinua Achebe

No Madonna and Child could touch
Her tenderness for a son
She soon would have to forget. . . .
The air was heavy with odours of diarrhea,
Of unwashed children with washed-out ribs
And dried-up bottoms waddling in labored steps
Behind blown-empty bellies. Other mothers there

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

#95books 2014

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Ball started what they call "'the 95 books challenge' with a goal of reading at least 95 books per year (with the larger goal to become more well-read than George W. Bush)."

Along with Nikki Reimer, Marita Daschel, and others, I've decided to try the challenge too.

I know that I will fail miserably and not even come close. However I'm using it as an excuse to get out of the habit of starting and not finishing books. If I read more complete books than I did last year then it will be worth it for me.

The rules as I understand them is that the books must be 48+ pages, no comics or children's books but art, poetry, and graphic novels are okay. If you want to include chapbooks bulk them together until they make 48 pages and that counts as one book.

I'll be posting with the hashtag #95books on Twitter and Goodreads.

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