Sunday, August 01, 2010

What a wonderful writing experience

...I had! I spent 10 beautiful July days in the poetry colloquium at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. Yes, I indicated in the comments to a previous post that I wasn't applying, but I eventually caved in to peer pressure. At my age caving in means deep down I really wanted to go. And I did. It was a thrill to work with Daphne Marlatt. I first encountered her work in an English course way back when and have since added many of her books to my collection. And now I have a copy of my manuscript sitting before me, her thoughts penciled in. Possibilities. Paths. The odd ledge.


The odd opening.

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The photo above is not from Sage Hill. It's the Sandcastles near Beechy, Saskatchewan. We were there in July. Didn't see any snakes. Not then.

10 comments:

Gerald Hill said...

Same for me at Sage. Remembering bp: "all knowledge / is to know the ledge you stand on" from Book 4 of The Martyrology.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Yes! Remembering
"I'm obliged to play out this path I've chosen"
and
"the precision of openness"
from the same book. I wrote down those quotes, or close approximations. All but the longer one, which I can't remember now. Argh.

Ariel Gordon said...

Glad to hear you had a good time. Glad to hear you, period.

Brenda Schmidt said...

It was great! The right eyes on my manuscript at the right time. The right ears. What a mind. It was meant to be. Now back in my cave until October!

Gerald Hill said...

I'll pop the beep into the mail for you today, a loaner until the fall SWG conference. ok?

Brenda Schmidt said...

Awesome! Thanks!

carin said...

Sage Hill has long been on my list of Places I Really Really Want To Go. Am jealous of (and delighted to hear about) all that bliss and progress made. Thanks for sharing -- a vicarious retreat is better than none...

Happy cave dwelling!

Brenda Schmidt said...

Thanks! I hope the Sask Writers/Artists Retreats are on your list too! It's only $260 per week for room and meals at St. Peter's and draws writers from across the country. I've been there many times.

carin said...

It is now. Thanks!

Brenda Schmidt said...

You're welcome!