After writing the post on my poetic crushes, and professing how I would never be able to take advantage of the availability of a poet's publicly available address ... I started wondering, Why not?
|Writing to the writers we admire: |
furthering the poetic conversation
Taking my own wonderings to heart, I decided that I couldn't put off what I had been longing to do for so long, and I actually wrote to Nikky Finney. And surprise-surprise ... I received a response! I won't share the full note she emailed me, but I will share that at the end of her note, Ms. Finney wrote that the letter "means a great deal to me. We are connected and you let me know."
That last sentence, to me, is exactly what writing to other writers is--sharing the blessed and beautiful connection that we share through the communal act of writing and sharing writing and reading writing.
So I encourage anyone who is reading this to step out boldly into the same warm waters of writing to the writers you admire. It's not as hard as it may see--Poets & Writers actually has a directory of writers who have provided their information to the public to encourage contact! Enter the community, and engage in conversation--as a writer, and as a writer who writes the writers you love!
And I (with a bit more humility) also encourage anyone reading this to engage in that conversation somewhere else: HERE! Please feel free to leave your comments on this (and any) post!
Which writers would you write to if you could? Which poets have you been in communication with lately?
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