It is frustrating, cryptic, and deeply insightful. It is alien and intensely familiar.
Ruthless perfectionism has its uses, but I also have a duty to protect part of my creative mind as if it is a young, playful, vulnerable creature.
I know writers have a long, long way to go to get to where Susan Stinson was in 1993 when she published Belly Songs.
“But I believe a poet can change things. He can change the way people look and feel about things. And that’s what I want to do in Detroit.”–Dudley Randall
“I’ve always loved sci-fi books, movies, and TV, and the influence shows in other projects I’ve written…”
Sure, I’ll be Wren for a day. I’ll pick a lovely spring morning when the sun is hot, but there’s still a hint of melting snow. The stream is rushing. Addison’s just said good-bye to his ex-wife, once and for all. Wren and Addison both have the whole day off.
“I’m staunchly against dissecting the fat female body like a frog in biology…”
Hurston was wired by Lippincott stating they wanted to publisher her book. She explains her reaction: “I never expect to have a greater thrill than that wire gave me. You know the feeling when you found your first pubic hair? Greater than that.”
A deeply intimate and creative endeavor, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová: A Biographical Collage could work beautifully in a classroom or on your bedside nightstand.
American readers see what’s unusual, and the details are enough to make the story’s setting and characters vividly “other.”