Poet Ralph Angel once said to a student: “I’m not interested in the story of my life. I’m interested in the fact of my life. The fact of my reality…any poet worth her salt…deals with their shit directly.” In an interview with poet Gregory Orr, Krista Tippett said, “To talk about poetry is to talk […]
As a home body, it has been easy to adapt to rules of “social distancing,” which really means keeping a physical distance from others. Even so, the pandemic has deepened my need for community, and I look for activity beyond the immediate circumstance.
Leaves are sprouting, the birds are singing–nature continues. I left a large patch of clover in my lawn and look forward to all the bees. I also look forward to when everyone emerges from their homes, and the first time I travel to visit a loved one. Mostly, I look forward to the first hug when we see one another–every greeting will have deepened from this time apart, from not knowing when we could embrace again.
BornWilder is not simply the name of a website. It was chosen in homage to my struggle in establishing identity during my late twenties. Woman, (single) mother, and writer. Often times the most significant decisions we make are ones that go unnoticed by others. Read the story here.
Coronavirus Daily Poems
I started writing a daily poem on March 22, 2020. I'm just writing and sharing my way through the pandemic. If you're looking for a little poetic respite, visit this page. Thanks and be well.
As of February 29, 2020, we are officially open for submissions and welcome literature of any form or style, up to 1,602 words. We hope authors will take advantage of our refusal to define what we publish, and send us un-name-able bits and pieces. First issue will be published in September 2020.
As a short story writer (Claire), an essayist (Suzanne), and a poet (me), we three editors will publish three authors the first of each month for nine months a year (Sept. thru May). Each piece is presented as a triptych: written work and two companions. Please read our Sample Issue to see what I mean. As writers, we wanted to showcase good writing, but we also wanted to create an online magazine that incorporates the tools of the internet. I hope you enjoy! And I hope you submit!
In his book, Home: A Short History of an Idea, Witold Rybczynski says, “Before the idea of the home as the seat of family life could enter the human consciousness, it required the experience of both privacy and intimacy, neither of which had been possible in the medieval hall.” The first time I encountered the […]
It’s January 2020 and there’s no shortage of “decade in review” lists. I scanned USA Today‘s 10 Lists over 10 years to get my first taste of the past decade. I’m not quite there yet–the full decade-long look back. When I turned thirty, it took me until thirty-one to grasp that I was no longer […]