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Greetings! I’m a writer, editor, and teacher, and I enjoy connecting with readers and other writers. From 2017 to 2021, I served as Alabama's Poet Laureate. My latest book is a poetry chapbook, "Borrowed Light," and my current writing projects are a literary history in the form of narrative nonfiction based on the lives of the writer Sara Mayfield and her friends, a collection of poems about my late father, and a co-edited collection of essays about southern women, aging, and creativity. I call this blog and website "A Map of the World" because I think that, as writers, we each map the world through our own lives and imaginations. Welcome to my particular map! To get in touch, you can email me at forjenhorne@gmail.com or find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/for.jen.horne where I post a Mid-Week Poetry Break every Wednesday.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Writings on Writing: December 2022

Looking through some old copies of the Black Warrior Review, I found an interview with W. S. Merwin in the Spring 1982 issue. Asked about "the rhetorical aspects of poetry," Merwin responded, in part:

"I've been thinking a lot about this lately, as I guess everybody has. One of the reasons is because the events of the times don't give me much room for optimism. If you write poems you certainly don't want to exclude that kind of concern. I think there is an urgent and real sense in which any real poem is political in that it deals with experience as deeply as it possibly can, and uses language, which is one of the great bonds with other human beings. It uses it, I  hope, as responsibly as possible. One's involvement in a political moment can obviously touch us and speak to us and involve us at the same level as the rest of our experience. If that's the case we can write political poems possibly, instead of just political statements in poetic form."

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