My practice each morning includes reading the journal entry from the same day of the previous year. For instance, today I read Monday, April 6, 2020. It was Day 24 of the Shelter-in-Place recommendation and I was already showing off designed masks:
Now that everyone here at Casa del Colibrí is post-Moderna, we are breathing a little easier and can maybe laugh a little at how we responded to the lockdown near the beginning. Starting the Poetry Postcard Fest early was wise. The postcard poem below was written BEFORE I started making the card images AFTER writing the poem, so they had not yet hit their stride in terms of a more unified gesture, which helps when work is a little on the difficult side. I write that way not for the purposes of evasion or exclusion, but because I want to see what is at the core of my being and release that which is not free. That is my wish for all humans. Ashé.
I was fortunate to have been interviewed by the kind folks at Wild Roof Journal, a periodical which takes its name from a William Blake poem. We discussed the Poetry Postcard Fest, spontaneous composition and music. Click on the image to hear the audio:
Thank you Aaron Lelito, Chris Vogt and Wild Roof Journal!
Holly Hughes is the author of Hold Fast, Sailing by Ravens, coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, and editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. Her fine art chapbook, Passings, received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2017. She’s a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, where she served on the staff for thirteen years, in addition to teaching writing at community colleges for several decades. She currently leads writing and mindfulness workshops in Alaska and the Northwest, and consults as a writing coach. We caught up with her March 28, 2021 to discuss her work and new book Hold Fast.