Posted by George Polley on Saturday, February 27, 2010,
I have several books that I keep by my desk; these are my "working" books, books I dip into for pleasure and inspiration as I write. Freya Manfred's poetry collection Swimming With a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle is one of them. Each time I pick it up, I find something new, some new depth of vision that I had missed before that makes me sit back and wonder "How did I not see this? How could I possibly have missed it?"
do stories, poems and novels come from? Do they come from an outline
and a plan? Sometimes, and for some writers, most or all of the time.
When you begin a project, should you stay with it (a novel, say)
before moving on to something else? Again, this seems to depend on
the writer and the way his or her imagination works. Haruki
Murakami, for instance, shifts from writing a novel to writing short
stories to writing another novel, then back again.
I'm an author, fiction writer and poet. My recent publications are "The Old Man and The Monkey," "Grandfather and the Raven", and "Bear", a story about an unusual dog and his human friend Andy, published by
Taylor Street Publishing, San Francisco. A collection of short stories, "Fernandez' Tale and Other Stories", and a poetry collection "Seeing: Collected Poems, 1973-1999", were published by Tortoise & Hare.
I love telling stories, so drop by from time to time for updates.
My publisher is Taylor Street Publishing in San Francisco, California.