Found in my journal for August, 2003, just before I left for my first summer at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference:
I have put on silence and waiting.
— Annie Dillard, “An Expedition to the Pole,” in Teaching a Stone to Talk
Some weather’s coming; you can taste on the sides of your toungue a quince tang in the air.
— Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
— Dillard in The Writing Life
August is a time of answers, a time that without nudging turns the world plain and clear.
— Tom Fricke,
“Next Year Country,” an essay about working the land in the Dakotas
in Doubletake, Spring 2003
How the past perishes is how the future becomes.
— Alfred North Whitehead
Don’t think — write.
— Madeleine L’Engle
Poetry is not window cleaning. It breaks the glass.
— Chase Twichell
A writer with a fixed idea is like a goose trying to lay a stone.
— Nancy Willard