Monday, December 19, 2005

Galway Kinnell and Artist Colony Application Packet

I’ve been reading an old favorite poet of mine: Galway Kinnell. I’ve loved some of his poems since I was an undergraduate student. Among my favorite poems by Kinnell are: “Another Night in the Ruins,” “Vapor Trail Reflected in the Frog Pond,” and “The Bear.” Kinnell is a poet who is keenly aware of the transience of life. His best poems are often elemental in a Deep Image sense and have incantatory rhythms. There was a time when Kinnell was very influential on me, but my work is quite different now. Reading Kinnell again is like listening to a favorite song that you associate with a particular period in your life. Intuitively, I think I am returning to Kinnell to relearn something from him or use his work to juxtapose it against my current work to clarify differences.

I need to make some decisions this week about which poems to include in my writing sample for the artist colony that I want to attend in 2006. I need six to ten poems in the writing sample. I want to include my six-page poem “The Necessity of Color” for sure, so I need to balance out the sample with a mix of shorter poems. My work tends to be dark, so it would behoove me to include some lighter work. At least two of the poems should be poems that I have published. Overall, I want to include my strongest, most finished work.


At 6:37 PM, Blogger Julie said...

I'm interested in checking out one of these Artist Colony things. Can you recommend any good ones?

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Gerald Huml said...

Not really. Every state probably has at least one colony. I think the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire is pretty famous. I tried a key word search online and didn't come up with too much. Poets & Writer's magazine frequently has colony information in the back of each issue.


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