Antioch Writers’ Workshop – Cathy Smith Bowers

Cathy Bower’s craft talk on Monday was really informative. Even though I write fiction not poetry (and you’re welcome for that given what I’ve tried of poetry in the past), it was incredibly helpful and relevant. Some para-phrased highlights:

  • Write into the mystery of an image not knowing what else is there. You’ve got to be okay with the mystery.
  • You must be emotionally honest. Don’t confuse this with literally honest.
  • The image is smarter than you are.
  • She talked about how her poetry turned a corner when she learned to “shine a light on a moment of intensity.” Before that she tried to obscure things, make them difficult and smart and nothing was working. I know exactly what she means.

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