Notes from Jane Hirshfield’s Lecture at the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference!

On Telling the Truth but Telling it Slant

  1. Write a poem to trick yourself into an exposé you wouldn’t usually make.
  2. Write a poem to make a spell that breaks a spell that already fixes us.
  3. Write a poem that breaks through the limiting, barricaded frontiers of our ordinary self-knowledge.
  4. Write in a way that is roundabout, meandering.
  5. Alter the landscape of the given. Skew ordinary perceptions of truth.
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