Rilke could do things with words that I had never dreamed before. He could (and still can, I might add) witch my soul from its comfortable home and hold it in the palm of a sustained thought. He could take five words and use them to fell the world, and build a new one in its place. I fell in love with stories in the cradle, but I think I didn’t really fall in love with language until I met Rilke.
We have a rescue dog, two guinea pigs, and are currently mourning our goldfish, Friedrich.
Even after I’ve done all the picky work of reading and rereading and fiddling – when it’s in some kind of decent shape – I make myself sleep on it before I decide to share. I find I always have better clarity after I’ve let my subconscious work through the questions without my interference.
Poets United: Good for you, kiddo. Keep submitting. What are your writing goals for the years ahead? Do you have a novel in the works, or might you attempt one one day?
Shawnacy: We laid some blue sheets down on the floor, and used other fabric (sheets, clothes, etc) to shape things like algae and kelp. We had some plastic fish sand toys and things, so we made a nifty little scene on the ground. Then the kids got all decked out in their bathing suits, flippers, diving masks, snorkels, and they laid down on top of the scene we'd made, and pretended to 'swim' and find buried treasure and cut all kinds of capers. About halfway through, someone came up with the idea of shooting through a fish tank, which was pretty genius.
just being everyday silly
Shawnacy: Recently,however, I was able to take my first vacation in 12 years . I went on a small solo cycling trip up the California coast. It was bloody glorious.
Shawnacy: Bike trip stats: Days on the road: 3. Miles biked: 88. Miles hiked: 24. Total elevation gain: over 2,800 ft. Broken shoes: 1. Flat tires: 1. Interesting people, randomly met: 6.
Poets United: You travel light! Where is your favorite place in the world?
I got to see in Santa Barbara
Poets United: Way to be a human being, Shawnacy. Wouldn't it be great to show the kids the reality of the world we live in? In a way that inspires them to pitch in and help? I hope you make it.
There is often a connection with music, for poets. Do you play an instrument? Do you listen as you write, or do you need quiet?
Jeff Loquist, Kerry O’Connor, Ed Hart, Corey Rowley, Isadora Gruye, WK Kortas, Daniel Romo, Kenia Cris, Marian Kent, Grace O’Malley, Woodrow Phillips, Mandy Steward, Rain, Mark Robertson, Kit Johnson, Rhina Ju, Robin Amaral, and Tessa Zeng.
Poets United: What a blogroll of goodies this list is! Shawnacy, thanks for this visit. And for being part of this wonderful community of poets. We look forward to reading much more of your work.
Well, kids, there you have it: another wonderfully talented poet and her extremely interesting and energetic life. Isn't it true that the people behind the pens are some of the most interesting folks around? Come back and see who we talk to next. Who knows? It might be you!