An Interview With Marianne Boruch

la-et-jc-100000-kingsley-tufts-poetry-award-go-001An interview with faculty member Marianne Boruch appears at Divedapper:

You describe your approach to writing poetry by saying you simply put out your begging bowl and wait to see what drops in. Can you talk about what this looks like, in practice?

It’s fairly simple really. This has been my method for years, this whole business of the “begging bowl” habit to start a poem. It might be a way to avoid too much self-obsession and navel-gazing, the great danger of the genre, and at least to begin in the world, the not-you, looking out to it with no agenda besides the usual wonder and puzzlement. What you find out there will bring you inward eventually, back and forth between image and idea as the poem moves toward a first line, but there’s also a lot of patience involved, that wait and mystery: what will come into my head, and how will everything proceed up or down from there? Going blank — clearing the mind to zero, no expectations or clear aims — is crucial. Intention is worthless. And then you really do wait, or at least I do. Of course once that first line’s in place, you follow it who knows where, and that’s where the meticulous care begins.

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“Oracion por Justin Bigos” by Timothy Cook

A poem by alumnus Timothy Cook (poetry, ’08), “Oracion por Justin Bigos,” appears at The Collagist:

“He was the melting pot, the saucepan

heating marinara for pouring over
ziti & meat that weeks earlier
grazed outside his window. He was tall”

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First Person: Rose McLarney

Alumna Rose McLarney (poetry, ’10) has written about her work for State, the official magazine of Oklahoma State University:

Poetry professor Rose McLarney recently published her second collection of poems,Its Day Being Gone, which won the National Poetry Series. The critically acclaimed collection examines the quality of memory as seen in centuries-old folktales and in how individuals form recollections of their lives. The second-year OSU professor received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Her first poetry collection, The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, was published in 2012. She has won numerous awards and fellowships for her poetry. STATE asked McLarney to write something for our readers about her work. We were delighted to receive the following, which falls somewhere between prose poem and essay.

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“Olfactory Clues” by Martha Zweig

UnknownThe poem “Olfactory Clues” by alumna Martha Zweig (poetry, ’98) appears in the Boston Review:

That’ll be that bum raccoon pair now, rumble my dumpster!
All-hours backwoods masque, Soldier-of-
Fortune loves Prima Donna for the little ways her
fingers do fishheads & for the inquisition

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Alumni Gathering in New England

A couple of alums from Boston have started a new initiative to bring WWC MFA graduates from the New England area together in community while raising money for MFA program scholarships. Tracy Winn and Helen Fremont are launching a pilot program of readings given by alums for alums, (and family and friends) in the style of the post-grad conference after-dinner readings. Winn and Fremont are requesting generous donations at the door and expecting readers to also attend as listeners. Four or five readers will present their recent work at each of five gatherings planned for this academic year. The readings will be held at the Cambridge Boat House, 2 Gerry’s Landing Road, Cambridge, MA 02138 starting next Wednesday, September 17th. (Doors open at 6 PM.) So far, twenty-eight writers have signed up to participate in the pilot. They will be coming from Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts. Those coming to Cambridge from far away are planning carpools. The organizers, with the help of Stan Yarbro and Lenore Myka, are trying to make contact with all alums who live in the area and might be interested in participating. Please contact Tracy Winn (tracy_winn@me.com) if you would like to be part of the endeavor. Wally-style refreshments will be served. Dancing may ensue.
Alums in other parts of the country who would like to plan similar gatherings in their regions should contact FOW for more information.  
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