My talk was on my practice of writing every day. I handed out copies of
typed pages, typing being my way of working, and showed in one case how
something looked before and after extensive revision. I also showed some
work that is tedious wheel-spinning, and a piece that came out sufficiently
good, in my judgment, not to be monkeyed with. Basically I was promoting the
idea of writing daily--writing, as someone who's name I can't remember said,
in order to find out what it is you have to write.
It was fun.
John W. Marshall co-owns Open Books: A Poem Emporium (2414 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103 / 206.633.0811) with Christine Deavel and is a former editor of the literary magazine, Fine Madness. His writing has appeared in Talisman, Hayden's Ferry Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, Poetry, and Ploughshares. His chapbook, Blue Mouth, (Wood Works, 2001) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, 2001. Check out the Open Books newsletter for John's, and his partner Christine Deavel's, poetry book reviews.