your whole body’s response to the whole world

18 December, 2009

Eaton park, where I've been learning to put one foot in front of the other... on this morning's run

Well, term ended last Friday so I thought I’d give the blogging a rest over the holidays – especially as, with freelancing, coursework and all the usual Christmas preparation, I somehow feel busier than ever. The wall next to me is covered in post-it notes as I try to thrash out the structure of my Poetics essay; there’s a big freelancing job that needs to be finished urgently; I’m still (!) working on my advent poem – will it ever be finished? – and then there are the rest of this term’s pieces that need more work.

It’s been a funny old term. I’d like to write a longer post summing it all up, but I don’t think I can really do that online, to be honest. So I’ll settle for saying that it’s been much harder than I ever imagined it would be – but then that’s as much to do with moving to a new city and being a student again as the writing itself. Complete ontological freefall, as my dad described it. Still, in the same way that the running has just been a question of putting one step in front of the other and gradually getting better, here’s hoping that this term has shaped me and taught me somehow…

I may well post a link or two if I find anything entertaining or interesting poetry-wise over the holiday (and my advent poem if it ever gets done – I’ll be sad to break a four-year tradition the one year I’m taking a poetry course!). For now I’ll leave you with the link to my poem for the third week of advent over at Caught by the River, and this fantastic quote from Alice Oswald, which I’m using a starting point for my essay…

You should never write a poem till you can feel it in your bones. Because poetry is your whole body’s response to the whole world, not just your head’s response to a thought or a glimpse.

This post brought to you by post-it notes, Friday nights in and beautiful snow

One Response to “your whole body’s response to the whole world”

  1. KatieStar said

    Ooh – my body likes that quote! You inspire me to write poetry again young lady…and I like that too.

    My aunty has poetry reading parties at her home on the coast in Hythe…come with me sometime? x

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