Molly Fisk: I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me

June 25, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I love the moon at any stage, from faint silver thumbnail to fat gold globe rising behind all the spiky pine trees across the street.

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Molly Fisk: On Not Becoming A Ballerina

June 18, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I did not turn out to be a ballerina. I’m also not a mother, and lately, now my friends’ kids are having babies, I’m aware I’m not a grandmother, either. This doesn’t really bother me . . . much. But it opens the door to the question, “Well what the heck am I, then?”

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Book Review: Gina Barreca’s ‘If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?’

June 16, 2016 by Roz Warren

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To have a nationally syndicated columnist who is our age, articulate as hell, wildly successful, and a diehard feminist? That’s fabulous.

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Don’t Even Think About Stealing This Essay

June 13, 2016 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

I’m starting to wonder how much time and effort some editors are actually taking [in trying to track down the author of an article they’ve purloined]. Is grab-the-content-and-see-who-notices a new business model?

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Molly Fisk: Giftiness

June 11, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Mixed in among my feelings of gratitude and wonder was confusion. Is this allowed? Aren’t I supposed to be doing everything myself? Do I deserve this?

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Molly Fisk: The Fisks Do Not Like Vinegar

June 4, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Not that I plan to base my future behavior on vinegar. But when she said “The Fisks do not like vinegar,” I felt such a rush of belonging. I am a Fisk. And it’s true, I do not like vinegar! We are united! I am not alone!

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Molly Fisk: Creativity

May 21, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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One of the things that happens when you’re a poet is that people come up to you at silent auctions and board meetings, or in line at the movies — anywhere you might be standing around — and ask you strange questions about your work. The questions themselves are sort of incoherent, and not that important, it’s what’s behind them that’s interesting.

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Molly Fisk: Misquoted

May 14, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I didn’t realize how quickly my words could be turned in directions I wasn’t intending them to go.

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Molly Fisk: Starting Over

May 7, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Starting over has had other benefits — reminding me what it’s like to know nothing, not even what questions to ask.

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Molly Fisk: Glass Houses

April 30, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Humans are made up mostly of water, stardust, and self-involvement. Our main lifetime recreation is making mistakes. Even if you’ve never once done anything wrong — and pardon me while I raise an eyebrow — it really is tempting Fate to cast the first stone.

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Molly Fisk: Younger Friends

April 23, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I like the energy of people young enough to be my children, which I don’t get anywhere else, since I don’t have kids of my own. There’s so much fun stuff going on in the world that this age group is interested in and I know nothing about.

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Molly Fisk: Proximity and Distance

April 16, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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This week I’ve been thinking about proximity and distance. When you’re a poet you get to do this sort of thing and actually admit it to people — thinking is part of your job description, and the odder the subject matter, the better.

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Molly Fisk: Poetry Is All Yours

April 9, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Poetry gives us permission. It reminds us that we are loved and we are human.

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Roz Warren: Damn! It’s a Low-Salt Life for Us

April 4, 2016 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Pouring salt on my food is one of the cornerstones of my identity. “Would you like some soup with your salt?” my brother-in-law will joke, watching me rain salt into his delicious homemade fish chowder.

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Molly Fisk: It’s Curtains

April 2, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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It’s probably time to confess I have a few long-standing addictions, and one of them is to ironing. I need to iron something at least once a decade or I don’t seem to be able to function.

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