Angela Kelsey

Tell the Story

I’m back.

Filed in Writing :: June 3, 2012

I didn’t plan a “digital sabbatical,” but a blog break evolved. I want to tell you about the Peaces of Prosperity series on Bridget Pilloud’s site. My piece will be up later in the month, but here’s today’s Peaces of Prosperity post–including a prompt for your own writing (you know I love a good prompt!).

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On Fire

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stories :: April 11, 2012

April: Month of rebirth,  month of two anniversaries. Good Friday, 2002: a beating, an interim separation. April 11, 2007: another assault, an arrest, the first night of a final separation. Easter weekend 2012: time for a fire. Tonight two Adrienne Rich poems: “Burning Oneself Out,” its last lines: “or, as tonight, the mirror of the […]

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What have you survived?

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stories, voices :: April 5, 2012

    In From a Survivor, Adrienne Rich writes, Next year it would have been 20 years and you are wastefully dead who might have made the leap we talked, too late, of making which I live now not as a leap but a succession of brief, amazing movements each one making possible the next   […]

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What we see

Filed in Writing :: April 4, 2012

Tonight in my workshop we described the scene outside our window: a policeman supervised the removal by tow truck of a tar kettle that had, apparently, somehow collided with a streetlight before we arrived. Each of us wrote the scene quite differently. In The Art of Description, Mark Doty writes, “It’s incomplete to say that […]

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The Survivors

Filed in Writing :: April 3, 2012

From The New Yorker, December 21, 1957: Quite rightly, we remained among the living; Managed to hoard our strength; kept our five wits; So far as possible, withheld our eyes From sights that loosen keystones in the brain. We suffered, where we had to, thriftily, And wasted nothing on the hopeless causes, Foredoomed escapes, symbolic […]

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