Can't get you out of my head


we spread a blanket      spread
ourselves               almost pulseless

in pacific deception

- from A Duet of Novices by Gail Waldstein
from The Hauntings


I've got word envy. Or poem envy. Or something like a revved-up appreciation for another's work.

Does this happen to you? You read a line, a passage, a chapter, and you are moved, but it comes with a twinge of wish. As in, I wish I'd written that.

These twinges, this envy, at first feels petty but is really instruction in disguise. This yearning awakens, and then asks why? And the why leads and encourages us to find our own version, our own voice, our own way. 

What's leading you?