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April 04, 2013


I can relate very well to this process of writing poems. When you call herself Puritan, do you mean in how you are disciplined, or that you are descended from Puritans, or both? I am descended from Anne Bradstreet, so I find her strict disciplinarian impulses alive in me.

That should say "when you call yourself Puritan"

My "Puritan" background is actually Pennsylvania "Dutch" (Mennonite) on my mom's side. But the work ethic was and is strong in that community, believe me. I believe in hard work, of course, but not (anymore) to the point of neurosis. I took my mother's APPLY YOURSELF as an indication that I never had nor would. Have a good weekend,

I love the rich variety of cultures that have mixed to generate American culture.

I can relate to that work ethic. I have to work hard at not working so hard at writing all the time, but I just love the visions induced during the process of composing a poem.

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