"Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art," Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. "The medium of poetry is the human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense, poetry is as physical or bodily an art as dancing."
Participating in the Mark Program has encouraged me to think more deeply about my writing habits and goals. What makes the writing life worthwhile for me? Why did I choose it and what keeps me choosing it? These are a few questions that I’ve been pondering lately.
Here are some answers that come to mind (in no particular order):
1) I’m a stationary junkie. I love notebooks, pens, and the smell of ink. I need an excuse to be wedded to these materials routinely.