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Showing up matters

When I was studying at Bennington College's MFA Writing Seminars, faculty mentor David Lehman, urged students to write a poem a day. As David said, “It doesn’t have to be good. It just has to be done.”

Though I fall off the wagon sometimes, I usually find my way back to writing every day. Sometimes poetry, sometimes idle thoughts, and yes, sometimes simply griping. Often when I revisit these spurts of writing, I find gems that become poems, stories, or personal narratives.

Never underestimate the power of just showing up.

What are your writing practices?

Ruth Farmer

Poetry is a constant presence in many people’s lives. In anticipation of National Poetry Month, give someone the gift of poetry.

Snapshots of the Wind: Poems by Ruth Farmer. For a signed copy, purchase at this link.

Also sold at:

If you’re in Bristol, Vermont, buy a copy from Recycled Readings at 1 Main Street.

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