Friday, May 13, 2011

Audio: More Sticks

Happy Multimedia Friday! Blogger mysteriously ate my post for today (there were technical difficulties, apparently).

For today, I wanted to share some audio with you. I recorded "More Sticks" for you. When I wrote this poem last summer, I was thinking about how there will always be more inspiration and ability...sometimes, when we create something, it feels like we have emptied ourselves. We have. But the good news is....we get refilled (if we want to)!

As Annie Dillard says (in one of my most favorite pieces about writing EVER), "One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. "

Have a listen to "More Sticks" here. Hope you like it, and that you are feeling full and refilled.


  1. Hi Hannah,
    I love your audio poems. Thank you for your poem, your thoughts, and for this quote. It gives me inspiration to live by.

  2. This poem is so appropriate for what I've been struggling with lately. Thank you.

  3. Thanks, Annie and Breanna. Breanna, I had you in mind when I posted this!


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