Catching Up

Posted By Emily W on August 24, 2010

Windemere Cup

Windemere Cup

Like most poets, I became a lapsed blogger after my book tour ended.

In April I blogged on Harriet over at

From May to August, I’ve been rowing with Conibear to get in shape after going on a book tour.

Articles forthcoming on The Alternative Press and Denise Levertov’s late work, and a review of Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture.

Q&A on Reviewing on Lemon Hound

Posted By Emily W on January 25, 2010

Sina Queyras is interviewing poets and critics on reviewing and posting the results on Lemon Hound. You can read mine here.

The Two Anne’s

Posted By Emily W on November 22, 2009

Early American Poet

In 1637, when Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Massachusett’s Bay Colony, Anne Bradstreet’s husband recorded the proceedings. I take a look at how these two women–one a spritial leader and the other a poet–grappled with constraints on female speech in an essay published that published last week:

Anne Bradstreet: “To My Dear and Loving Husband”: Anne Bradstreet became a cultural icon for speaking out. Anne Hutchinson was banished.

Nothingness at The Works

Posted By Emily W on October 27, 2009

A Writer's Salon at a Bowling Alley

A Writer's Salon at a Bowling Alley


Next week, Chicago-poet Peter O’Leary and I will be talking about poetry and religion at The Works, a writer’s salon at a combination bowling alley and theater in Minneapolis.  We’ll be talking about listmaking and naming in our work and respective religious traditions.   In my talk, I’ll be relating naming to two different concepts of nothingness.  Here’s a snippet from my work in progress:

“There are two kinds of nothingness: the one that God broods over before language exists (the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water), and the nothing of the present, an abyss that is more endless than God because words do not delineate it. The nothingness of God is on the verge of thinking and saying. The nothingness of the present is a wordless, thoughtless suchness.

 Both forms of nothingness (if one can say that nothing has form) exist beyond ideas, that is to say, as pure ideas that cannot be realized or embodied in any fixed form. Name them, and they scurry into burrows. God’s nothingness evades naming by continually coming into being and looking to imperfect translators for its new name. The nothingness of the present evades naming by having no need of being named while containing all things expressing their names. In one, the human and divine interact; in the other, the sentient and insentient.”

Street Names in Waterville, Maine: Park, Pray, Winter, Messalonskee

Posted By Emily W on September 30, 2009

Messalonskee Street
Messalonskee Street along the Kennebec River

  • Married in Waterville
    Costume Store on Main Street

    Two fall classics underway in Waterville: the leaf brew and dress up your scream for Halloween.