On long trips I like to write the images I see. Love this, Robert, thank you. Laughing, though, as I once titled a poem exactly that. As a kid and teenager, I was a Collector of Words notice the caps. I cut words and phrases out of everything I could get my hands on, and played around with how they looked and sounded bumped up next to each other.
I still do this, mostly mentally. No idea where they came from, or why on earth they liked each other. Finally wrote the poem yesterday. I love that idea! This allows users to take content that they have uploaded to figshare and embed it in their personal webpages, lab websites or blogs….
Next, I go through the lists and see which other words pop out at me in relation to the first word.
Once I have a set of five or six, I look at what relationships each of the chosen words have to the random word. Been doing writing practice for years, churning out lots of garbage and the occasional gem. I think it really helps in training the mind to access its creative side, after all, the mind is a muscle too and can use the exercise! Mary, I love Natalie Goldberg. Thank you for the reminder!
One way is to simply write about anything at all for a set period of time, and then try cutting it down to a poem.. I also find that writing about memories that haunt me can generate interesting poems — the problem is that it can take me a long time to figure out how to take it on.
This is where, for me, anyway, voice and POV are the key. Nature inspires me — since the majority of my poetry is written to the photographs I take, if I need inspiration, I go for a drive. I grab my camera, a notebook always have one with me and I drive. Different times of day, different settings, etc… all provide different inspirations.
But even if you are not a photographer, just going for a drive for a change of scenery can get those creative writing juices flowing again. Thanks for the tips, Robert! I agree with you: In Survival , Atwood postulates that Canadian literature, and by extension Canadian identity, is characterized by the symbol of survival. According to this literature, Canadian identity has been defined by a fear of nature, by settler history, and by unquestioned adherence to the community. Atwood's contribution to the theorizing of Canada is not limited to her non-fiction works.
Atwood continued her exploration of the implications of Canadian literary themes for Canadian identity in lectures such as Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature Among her contributions to Canadian literature , Atwood is a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize ,  as well as a founder of the Writers' Trust of Canada , a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada's writing community.
Atwood's work has been of interest to feminist literary critics, despite Atwood's unwillingness at times to apply the label feminist to her works. Some people mean it quite negatively, other people mean it very positively, some people mean it in a broad sense, other people mean it in a more specific sense. Therefore, in order to answer the question, you have to ask the person what they mean. Those are not positions I have agreed with",  a position she repeated to The Irish Times.
She has been criticized for her comments surrounding the MeToo movement , particularly that it is a "symptom of a broken legal system. Atwood has resisted the suggestion that The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake are science fiction, suggesting to The Guardian in that they are speculative fiction instead: It contains no intergalactic space travel, no teleportation, no Martians.
In , Atwood said that she does at times write social science fiction and that The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake can be designated as such.
She clarified her meaning on the difference between speculative and science fiction, admitting that others use the terms interchangeably: Margaret Atwood repeatedly makes observations about the relationship of humans to animals in her works. In Surfacing , one character remarks about eating animals: And we eat them, out of cans or otherwise; we are eaters of death, dead Christ-flesh resurrecting inside us, granting us life. Marian stops eating meat but then later returns to it. In Cat's Eye , the narrator recognizes the similarity between a turkey and a baby.
She looks at "the turkey, which resembles a trussed, headless baby. It has thrown off its disguise as a meal and has revealed itself to me for what it is, a large dead bird. Atwood has indicated in interviews that she considers herself a Red Tory in the historical sense of the term. Atwood has strong views on environmental issues, and she and Graeme Gibson are the joint honorary presidents of the Rare Bird Club within BirdLife International.
Atwood celebrated her 70th birthday at a gala dinner at Laurentian University in Sudbury , Ontario. She stated that she had chosen to attend the event because the city has been home to one of Canada's most ambitious environmental reclamation programs: Having been a symbol of desolation, it's become a symbol of hope. In her dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale , all the developments take place in the United States near Boston, while Canada is portrayed as the only hope for an escape.
To some this reflects her status of being "in the vanguard of Canadian anti-Americanism of the s and s. Activists, dressed in red cloaks and white hats as described in The Handmaid's Tale , lobby and protest in order to bring awareness to politicians and laws that discriminate against women and women's rights. The novel Surfacing was adapted into an eponymous film , written by Bernard Gordon and directed by Claude Jutra. The novel The Handmaid's Tale has been adapted into several eponymous works.
Season two premiered on April 25, , and it was announced on May 2, that Hulu had renewed the series for a third season. In , six of Atwood's short stories were adapted by Shaftesbury Films for the anthology television series The Atwood Stories. Atwood's Massey Lectures were adapted into the documentary Payback , by director Jennifer Baichwal. The novel Alias Grace was adapted into an eponymous six-part miniseries directed by Mary Harron and adapted by Sarah Polley.
In the Wake of the Flood released in October , a documentary film by Canadian director Ron Mann , followed Atwood on the unusual book tour for her novel The Year of the Flood During this innovative book tour, Atwood created a theatrical version of her novel, with performers borrowed from the local areas she was visiting. In January , it was announced that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content had bought the rights to the trilogy and would be moving forward without Aronofsky.
Atwood holds numerous honorary degrees e. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Atwood at Frankfurt Book Fair at Positron, Episode One Choke Collar: Positron, Episode Two Erase Me: Non-fiction [ edit ] Survival: A Writer on Writing Moving Targets: Writing with Intent, — Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose — Payback: Filmography [ edit ] she is credited as playing herself in all 26 episodes of Wandering Wenda where she wears funny hats to match the various themes.
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Moreover, the additional predatory drives of racism can make victim-perpetrator distinctions not just difficult, but deeply painful, to discern. It should come as no surprise that this dissolution of protection drags the myth of the father down with it. Queen writes of her alienation from her father in the wake of violation: I learned I had no father but could walk in the rain and let my hair rise up in the night become a black halo.
The well-intentioned are instruments of trauma, too.
This is, I think, what sets these new mythologies apart from the other feminist poetics they draw from. Though odyssean, they are not the anti-masculinist epics of Alice Notley or Anne Waldman. There is, in both books, a hearty dose of the mundane—an oversaturation with quotidian male power that verges on boredom. This emphasis on the everyday nature of sexual violence, both normalized and demoralizing, is crucial at a moment when the mainstream is finally beginning to understand it as mundane. The new books of men account for this range of violation without flattening their differences, as survivors are so often and so wrongly accused of doing.
To ignore these differences in the movements of bodies, the undulations of power, the speakability of acts, the possibility of names, would be to betray the survivor who makes and is made by the book of men. That again is where so many of our books begin. Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature.
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