Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Louise Glück and Franz Wright read at the Brown Reading Series on March 27. Not being familiar with either poet, I attended this seminar with an open mind. In the end, it was Wright’s poetry that captured my attention more. It was both dark and playful. Playfulness is something I find helpful when listening to poetry read aloud, especially when it has a surface simplicity that is easier to wrap my mind around initially. It’s only through meditating on a poem that I’m able to delve into any deeper meanings and subtexts. Wright’s poetry had these things going for it. Glück’s poems offered a few gems that sounded nice, but I wasn’t sure what they meant. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it would just take further study for me to “get it.” (more…)
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Last night I had the opportunity to see John Updike at the Alley Theatre for the Inprint Brown Reading Series. The audience was treated to about forty minutes of reading and then another half hour or so was set aside for an interview.
For the readings, Updike chose two stories that he noted contain no dialogue. “Always a mistake in short stories,” he said. But he thought both were appropriate for reading in Texas. One (I believe) was called “Go West” (which got him wondering whether Texas is considered a part of the West or South) and the other was “The Family Meadow.” (more…)
There are two schools of writers (probably more): those who stick to “the rules” and those who don’t believe the rules exist. I tend to fall in with the latter. While there are guidelines that most writers should and do follow, I wouldn’t count out someone who breaks every last one of them with absolute brilliance.
Elmore Leonard recently wrote an article intended to help writers stay invisible. Most authors probably think they do a pretty good job of this already (including myself), and that’s precisely why it’s a good idea to have another writer you trust read over your stuff. Read Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing right here.