Essays / Faculty

Martha Rhodes on the Writing Process + Required Reading

“Rather than wait for the perfect writing time—it never seems to arrive anymore—I force work out onto the page each day.”

779b40b5-bd38-40fa-8b3e-40288033be91a9647dc8-70d5-40cf-a986-b0ea00324fbb

I am not by temperament an every day writer, but of late I have been writing each day and it’s been an interesting process. I have only minutes to write sometimes but make the best of them, then accumulate the work of a month or two and print everything out, sit with it, start to scratch out revisions, and go from there.

That’s how I’ve been working of late. It’s new to me, exhilarating, and productive. Rather than wait for the perfect writing time—it never seems to arrive anymore—I force work out onto the page each day. Then find time at some point to really hunker in with it.

17095786-f437-4b33-bbe5-478d9fe366d5

What are your favorite craft books and essays?

Poets Work, Poets Play edited by Daniel Tobin and Pimone Triplett

Poets Teaching Poets edited by Gregory Orr and Ellen Bryan Voigt

The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach

In the Blue Pharmacy by Marianne Boruch

6697e1f2-18ce-4b73-8d1c-8fb7c7413b1d

Whose poetry do you return to over the years, or lately?

I return often to my generation’s poetry grandparents—Lowell, Roethke, Bishop, Berryman—and also read as much new poetry as possible by my generation’s children. Of course, I read my contemporaries. But I draw my inspiration, mostly, from those who came before me.

APPLY to the Conference on Poetry

READ MORE about Martha Rhodes

POEMS by Martha Rhodes at frostplace.org

CHECK OUT Martha Rhodes’ website

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s