I admire so many great American writers
Their creativity, bravery, and courage!
Word, thoughts, ideas, stories, relating the human experience.
Writers, writers, writers, giving me so much to read.
Stephen King- quintessential, Maineiac, prolific.
He writes everyday
And he gets down into it- fear, pain, hallucinations, phobias, sex, blood, gore, psychology.
Did I say fear?
He writes and he writes and he writes
He even wrote about writing. His children and his wife write.
Carrie, The Stand, ‘Salem’s Lot, Pet Cemetery,
The Dark Tower, Children of the Corn, Christine
Cujo, Firestarter, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
Green mile, and more, more, more.
Ken Kessey- truly a master who somehow was not able to write and write and write.
One of the best novels I have ever read
Sometimes a Great Notion
Read the book, don’t watch the movie, unless your heart swells
for a young Paul Newman.
Characters come to life in an Oregon of brutal reality
Feuds, chainsaws, and death. You will cry. Cry, cry, cry.
Your heart will open wide.
Mary Karr, the great poet and autobiographer
Sharing her deepest secrets in Lit
The Lair’s Club
How does she remember those specific conversations?
I remember so few from all of those years ago
And she captures pages, and pages
Chapter upon chapter
of precise conversations and dialogue-
Real stories, real people, a genius who found sobriety and God.
I love you Mary Karr (not in that way, silly).
With the repeating catchlines
You may even believe he was a drug addict, an alcoholic, and a criminal
Despite the facts that proved otherwise
He still may have been a drug addict, and alcoholic, and a criminal.
How can you resist
With the repeating catchlines, the repeating catchlines.
Three books in a series, all captivating and yet somehow all the same
Violence, greed fear, love, pain upon pain, war
Suzanne Collins- an empire known as the Hunger Games.
She did it- bestseller, sold the movie rights, admirers everywhere.
Katniss creator; a female heroine.
What about peace Suzanne?
Caroline Knapp, gone too soon
Such relate-able stories
Chronicling the challenges of growing up
And becoming a woman in recovery
Rowing saved her
How did she drink so much, and yet write so well?
Hilarious writers: Too funny to believe
David Sedaris, an NPR regular
His sister Amy Sedaris
And his family-
Not as funny, but still relatable
brother John Elder Robison
mother Margaret Robison
And then there are the great spiritual teachers and leaders
of personal transformation, so many books, so many methods.
Help us to be present, to know love, to let go of Ego and attachment:
Pema Chodron, Thich Nat Hahn, Louise Hays, Wayne Muller,
Joan Boryenseko, Wayne Dyer, Ken Wilber, Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil,
Jon Kabat-Zin, Jack Kornfield and many many more
Fill my hunger for a better life
Ah God, please just shine yourself through me
Help me to write, write, write-
Funny things, factual articles, touching moments,
Help me find the time
Help me get the kids to bed on time when I really just want
to sit at the keyboard and write.
Grant me the grace, strength, patience, focus, love, and passion
Help me write, God, shine down on me as you have upon them.
Write me God, write me.