I came across this poem the other day and it so reminded me of myself when I am trying to escape from writing because the muse has fled to the kitchen.
The Poet’s Occasional Alternative
by Grace Paley
I was going to write a poem
I made a pie instead it took
about the same amount of time
of course the pie was a final
draft a poem would have had some
distance to go days and weeks and
much crumpled paper
the pie already had a talking
tumbling audience among small
trucks and a fire engine on
the kitchen floor
everybody will like this pie
it will have apples and cranberries
dried apricots in it many friends
will say why in the world did you
make only one
this does not happen with poems
because of unreportable
sadnesses I decided to
settle this morning for a re-
sponsive eatership I do not
want to wait a week a year a
generation for the right
consumer to come along
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National Day on Writing
About the National Day on Writing
People in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes. (See Writing in the 21st Century.)
They write through text messages and IMs, they use video cameras and cell phones, and, yes, even traditional pen and paper.
The social nature of writing invites people in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age to make meaning through composing.
New technologies expand the possibilities for composing in multiple media and for speaking to wider audiences than ever before and at a faster pace than ever before in our history.
Young people using forms of digital media are leading the way in new forms of composing. (See Writing Between the Lines—and Everywhere Else.)
Writers continue to learn how to write for different purposes, audiences, and occasions throughout their lifetimes.
Why a National Day on Writing?
In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, NCTE established October 20 as The National Day on Writing. The National Day on Writing.
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