Anecdotal results from feedback of 33 people in my close family/friend circle. I explain how my writing life, grief, joy and solitude combine to make the writer Patti Hall. I try to dispel worries about my current state of mind.
*We have at least 3 male poets-to-be in our midst! Thus:
*Writing & poetry seem to inspire the same in others.(3 replies to “Lady in the Cave” were in poetry form)
*For me, caves are temporary dwellings that provide emotional shelter from the storm when it is pouring down rain, and so windy that I cannot see the row of warm dry castles in the distance.
*I have an almost 130,000 word book-in-progress from my cave-time. (Don’t get excited, I may edit it down to far fewer words by the time I finish.)
*Make no mistake: I am no Plath, Woolf or Hemingway. I chose the difficult path; no easy exit for me.
*The main difference between you and I, is that I put words to the shallows and depths of my
inner feelings, then I send them out for witnessing.
*My joys are as embodied as my sorrows. Would one be as visceral without the other?
*My solitude is for me, but not against you. In here with myself, I figure out how to be out there with you.
*You are an essential part of my life, what can I do for you when the storm subsides?
copyright 2013 Patti Hall