I’m never sure what to call myself. I’ve tried assistant, personal assistant, organizer. I’ve tried avoiding labels altogether and saying simply that I “work with” Madeline DeFrees, and I offer examples by way of definition: organizing her books and papers; housing her archive until I find a permanent home for it; pursuing the publishing projects we discussed when she asked me to take on this role six years ago. Madeline was nearing 90, but she still lived alone in the Craftsman bungalow she’d bought …
I’m currently working on a second collaboration with painter Ann Vandervelde and glass artist Lin McJunkin, for a show at Orcas Center this April. I’m pairing my tanka with their work, as I did for my first collaboration with Annie, Deep Geography, which was at Gallery IMA in Seattle in January 2013. This time I’m also recording a reading of each poem that viewers can access through a QR code. I’ll post the poems here, too, as I work out the technology. Stay tuned!
When a fog gathers, when a fog descends, it folds the landscape into a series of chambers I can walk through, unmindful of entering or leaving, as though I am a still point and the world remakes itself around me. However cold the day, the air will be soft on my face. I’ll have to stop a moment and just breathe the “dearest freshness deep down things” that Hopkins named so well. I know how I watch and wait for it, but that joy comes always by surprise, as though missing is …
I like the idea of a blog as a place to collect reading notes, notes toward an essay, links, images, good writing exercises—anything that I find useful, inspiring, thought-provoking, and you might, too. Let’s see how it evolves.
“Conditions,” KUOW Presents, Radio Segment / Podcast, “Poet Anne McDuffie on Setting ‘Conditions’,” November 15, 2013.
“Winter,” KUOW Presents, Radio Segment / Podcast, “Poet Anne McDuffie and ‘Winter’,” October 17, 2011.
“Darrington Rain,” KUOW Web Extra (Podcast), “Seeing the Darrington Rain with Anne McDuffie and Alden Mason,” October 17, 2011.
“Fog: A Study,” Jack Straw SoundPages Literary Podcast Series, “The Color of Fog,” October 17, 2011.
February 7, 2019
Reading & Reception for
Where the Horse Takes Wing: The Uncollected
Poems of Madeline DeFrees, edited by Anne McDuffie
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
November 11, 2018
Reading & Reception
Subjective Geography: A Poet’s Thoughts on Life and Craft
by Madeline DeFrees, edited by Anne McDuffie
2414 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
July 7, 2018
Jack Straw Poets …