It was such an astonishing story--this whale roaming the world searching for another who speaks its language--that I kept repeating it as an anecdote to whomever would listen. Somewhere along the way I realized there was more here than just a story about the literal whale; this was a story about all of us.
I have to work diligently. I started writing poetry in 1968, I’m now 70 years of age.
Here I was trying to juggle that which I had to do (the money jobs) to survive, and the creative work that gave me life and made the blood run wildly through my veins, but I was miserable.
With a film, I feel that it is personal no matter what. It is one thing to write it out and another to get up and film it. For me, it was about finding another individual who could help interpret those words in not only dialogue but reactions as well.
We actually just finished putting together our fall issue, and that should be out by late November. I think this next issue is our best issue yet.
No matter where our writers are from or what they have experienced, they all have a little something in common...
The art has become a commodity; why is your voice any better (or different) than that writer’s? How do you get heard amid the roar? How do you keep your spirits up when everything tells you it doesn’t really matter if you keep on or quit writing?
We took it from the phrase “Make no bones about it.” We like the idea of encouraging honesty, straightforwardness-- but since we’re literally talking about the bones of poems, we wanted the “no” in parentheses. As a poet you have to make bones while making no bones, ya know?
I can’t help it. Writing is a compulsion. I might go a few days without writing but if I do more than two or three, I start to get anxious. Writing helps me organize my thoughts. Without it, I become easily confused and scattered. I become short tempered and unpleasant. If I don’t write, writing becomes all I think about.
So editing it just the worst thing. Ever. I want to just write a story, have it come out perfect, and be loved by the entire world overnight. Is that too much to ask? Yes, yes it is.