Monday, February 21, 2011
Window Moments for Readers & Writers
And Then There Is That Incredible Moment,
when you realize what you're reading,
what's being revealed to you, how it is not
what you expected, what you thought
you were reading, where you thought you were heading.
Then there is that incredible knowing
that surges up in you, speeding
your heart; and you swear you will keep on reading,
keep on writing until you find another not going
where you thought—and until you have taken
someone on that ride, so that they take in
their breath, so that they let out their
sigh, so that they will swear
they will not rest until they too
have taken someone the way they were taken by you.
for Agha Shahid Ali
By Kate Light
From The Laws of Falling Bodies, Story Line Press, © 1997,
co-winner of the 1997 Nicholas Roerich Prize.
Also for more windows GO here to see especially:
Justin Taylor: "Don't tke notes...you only get one shot at a first draft."
Aimee Nezhukumatathil: "I love turning to field guides...to get a jump start when the writing comes slow..."
Finally, all you poetic writers will LOVE Poet-Critic Jane Hirshfield's "Window Moments" in The Writer's Chronicle for February 2011 pp. 22-30
Posted by CN at 9:53 AM