…not whining. What we balanced back and forth were ideas. The length of conversation a tight-rope of our curiosity. There were 3 of us–I had another picture, but for some reason it won’t upload– parking our words in a lounge on a Monday night. The big question we chewed on: is there a difference in Western Canadian writing and Eastern Canadian writing? Not that we think there is, but does landscape make a difference in writing style/technique? Or is it a product of the teacher/student, which might be a product of the environment/place? Or is it all a part of the individual style and what the writer wants to read/write? What does the reader want? Does that influence the writing? Enquiring minds wanted to talk.
Shelley Banks and Annette Bower
It would’ve been great to be part of that conversation.
Those chairs look familiar…
They would. Hotel Sask lounge.
And we would’ve loved you to be a part of it as well. Maybe we can get this conversation going at colony?
geography completely alters writing. not just the landscape of the land, but the landscape of experience & other writers, etc. yep yep yep. can writers in the prairies write anything BUT long poems? where you can see yr dog run away for three days……
Well, seeing as I don’t own a dog, live in a city, write on a computer, I think this: what about the inner landscape? What does that account for?
Personally, I’ve never written a poem longer than 3 pages. I don’t think I can do it. I’ve never thought about landscape and the role it has played in the part of long poems. Don’t Eastern writers write anything long? Isn’t this labelling?
I thought personality played more of a role in what someone wrote than landscape.
(And no, you wouldn’t see your dog for three days, only the sky, in muted, distorted shapes that perhaps, in the long run, might resemble your dog). 🙂