Sage Cohen’s new book Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry is being released in April. But you can pre-order your copy here.
Take up the invitation to make poetry a part of your life and sign up for her Poetry for the People class which begins March 11.
The poem below is from her collection Like the Heart, the World.
Sage let us take a peek inside the space where she creates.
The farmland was an orchestra,
its ochres holding a baritone below
the soft bells of farmhouses,
altos of shadowed hills,
violins grieving the late
afternoon light. When I saw
the horses, glazed over with rain,
the battered old motorcycle parked
beside them, I pulled my car over
and silenced it on the gravel.
The rain and I were diamonds
displacing appetite with mystery.
As the horses turned toward me,
the centuries poured through
their powerful necks and my body
was the drum receiving the pulse
of history. The skin between me
and the world became the rhythm
of the rain keeping time with the sky
and into the music walked
the smallest of the horses. We stood
for many measures considering
each other, his eyes the quarter notes
of my heart’s staccato. This symphony
of privacy and silence: this wildness
that the fence between us could not divide.
Some see snow and ice as an annoyance. Others see them as building blocks or the beginnings of a masterpiece.
I hope to go up to see the ice hotel with my friends in Quebec City before it closes for the season in March.
I love peeking inside artists’ studios and writers’ spaces. Anywhere where people come up with ideas and create. A desk. A park bench. A converted warehouse. But for those of us who don’t have much space or a big budget for renovation here are some places or things for you to claim as your own personal creative space:
- a closet
- a drawer
- a basket
- a chair
- a shelf
- a mirror
- a tack board
- a rolling cart
- a window sill
- a crib or cradle that’s not being used
- an empty aquarium
- an ottoman with hidden storage
- a piece of chicken wire
Spaces that we can fill or empty as seasons or moods strike – as projects come and go – as ideas flicker or fade.
From time to time, I am going to feature some people whose creative spaces give me inspiration.
Check out Candice Stringham’s site to see what she did with a 6×8 room.