Armed with pen & paper as we edge our way to summer

Big Sur or "heaven on earth"
Big Sur or "heaven on earth"

Poet, Barbara Jane Reyes, beckons us to come play outside with her recent post, “Making a Poem: Work, Prompt, Spark”. She guides and inspires writers on how to constantly fuse writing and living. We’re constantly struggling to keep the two happily married, no? And Reyes explains her extraordinary process: how she actively seeks poetry pounding the heart of The Mission, kayaking the Oakland Estuary, or trekking to the top of Glacier Point in Yosemite. Read more from Reyes

As we edge our way to summer, Reyes’ beautiful descriptions nudge us to go ahead and step outside, get dirty and sweaty in the wonderland of NorCal, but never forget in our frolicking or busyness to pay attention, know the history and science around us, pay respect to the people and land that makes Califia a golden state, and, of course, to return to pen and paper, mindful of what we’ve experienced and witnessed, processing the knowledge and insight we’ve gathered. Reyes challenges us to try, with all integrity and humble reverence, to make art possible by staying open at all times.

We’d like to hear from you:

  • How do writers collect these fragments of possibility in the to and fro of business and pleasure?
  • How does one take notes and what does one do with these notes to keep them in some semblance of order, ready to use when they’re ideally most needed?
  • Is there a marked difference in your pieces between what you actively hunt for when you’re out and about in the city versus what arbitrarily strikes you?
  • How do writers happily meld their notes together in some organized system, so they’re not drowning in a sea of notes archived both online and on paper?
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