It Takes a Village

Wonderful blog post from talented Carey Taylor about how a poem of hers came to life. Ah, she mentions me, too. Thank you Carey!

Carey Taylor

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My poem “Finally Becoming Gaia” was just published in Clover, A Literary Rag, Vol. 6, – Winter 2013 edition.

I am always grateful when my work is selected for publication, and find myself on a writer’s high until the next rejection notice comes in.  The rejections both humble and motivate me.

So while still high at my desk this morning,  I began thinking about the “life” of this poem and was suddenly filled with gratitude for the myriad of ways a poem comes into existence at all, and how it truly “takes a village” to raise a poem.

My initial inspiration for this poem came from a common household spider that I first noticed on the mirror above my bathroom sink one morning.  What began as an ordinary day was suddenly transformed when I could not get this spider out of my head.  First while brushing my teeth, later when dressing…

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About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to It Takes a Village

  1. Carey Taylor says:

    Andrew, Thank you for your kind words. I so appreciated your kindness and inclusiveness and of course what turned out to be a great tip! Hope to see you soon at another poetry event!

    • Carey, you are most welcome. I hope to see you at another poetry event, too.

      BTW, Jennifer Bullis has a wonderful blog; I recommend it highly-if you’re not already following her.

      Sincerely, and best wishes always, Andy

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