Contemporary writing doesn’t stand alone, isolated from the writing that came before it. In fact, our writing continues an ancient dialogue with the writing of our predecessors. That dialogue is articulated through influences older writers have had on our work. Below, from the monthly Chapter One series, are original examples of this perpetuality between past and present.
January 2022: Barbara Novack: Poetic Influences: “Thanking Mr. Cohn”
December 2021: Denise Duhamel: Poetic Influence: “On Emily Dickinson”
September 2020: Eileen R. Tabios: Poetic Influences: “Angela Manalang Gloria”
December 2019: Mary Mackey: Poetic Influences: On John Keats’s “Negative Capability”