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June 23, 2011

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I don't know if it was the sagnuine disposition of your little darling or your gentle love and fond memories of her, but what ever it was, your post brought this reader to tears. "Waya too go" Lisa!(I also wonder if I was the only reader to raise his hand in answer to Ella's elephant question.) Lovely post, thank you.

I too, like elephants. They are very "dig." Thank you for your kind words and may your day be filled with sunshine, Farhut, my friend!

Wonderful poet David. How much we can learn from children!

You made me cry! For our great childhoods, for our kids (I hope) and for all we still have to create! I love you.

Right on, sistah! We did good. We will do gooder. love, Missy

Hi Fred, thank you for your recognition of our tiny teachers...I enjoyed looking at your website and was especially struck by this passage you quoted from The World According to Garp: "With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking,therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane."
Truer words were never spoken...
Thanks for reading, Lisa

One quality that some of my favorite writers share is the ability to see the world through a child's eye. They use language that is so fresh and new. I'm thinking mostly of John Ashbery but a much younger poet who comes to mind is Matthew Yeager, whose use of figurative language is astonishing. It's not naivete, because they are fully in control of their work. I think it's a form of genius. Maybe being attentive to children can help one hold on to this. I hope so. Thanks for this post. Stacey

I am eager to go check out Ashbery and Yeager. I will post something later. Children really do have this "thing." We all had it once. We lose it. Or maybe, we come to ignore it, in order to function in the "real world." Yes that's it. My whole writing life I have wanted to get back to that childlike conception of things. Not child-ish. Childlike.

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