from BARDO

The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.

Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made

is star-stuff too?

– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –

dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.

Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.

Roselle Angwin

Thursday, 26 June 2014

contents - writing the bright moment

Right now, I'm immersed in three things: responding to an assignment from a participant on my poetry course; working on some creative non-fiction for the next book; and rather more urgently tweaking the material for my tonight's talk in Totnes (I'm speaking on imaginal, feeling nature, and shamanic/liminal modes of consciousness – so nothing too demanding to squeeze into a half hour...!).

So without further ado, here's the promised Contents list for the reprinted book, in the hopes that if you don't already have it you'd like to buy it...  All the unattributed chapters are my own. (Apologies if the spacing's weird – it was yesterday – copying from Word doesn't work, but going via an intermediate text document loses all the formatting. The joys of technology.)


Writing The Bright Moment


Introduction – Living the Writing Life

Part 1 Mapping the Territory
Eau de Vie
Telling Tales
Writing From Life 1
Writing From Life 2
Assume Zebra
Standing in the River
Tales of Wonder
Shifting Arenas (by Andy Brown)
Catching the Wave
Car Mechanics (by David Keefe)
Begin Anywhere, Begin Somewhere
Going to the Coal Face (by Andie Lewenstein)
Beachcombing – bits of blue plastic
‘Spoon’– How Do You Spell It? (by Paul Matthews)
Feather Slippers
One Foot in Front of the Other
The Writer & Threshold Consciousness (by Stephen Parr)
The Still Small Voices
Tongues of the Earth (by Jeremy Thres)
Dark Matter
Perspective, Perception and Preconceptions
‘Only Connect’
Thinking Wild
The Sudden Glint (by Chris North)
Eternally Opposite, Eternally Connected
The Power of Dream
The Creative Process
Altered States
Wild Thinking

Part 2 The Practice of Poetry
Fractured Light (by Kenneth Steven)
Wrestling with a God: Making Poems
Whole Fragments
What I Look For in Poetry
The Unsettling of Language (by Rupert Loydell)
Lakes and Rivers
The Pearl from the Gravel (by Kenneth Steven)
Late September (by Mario Petrucci)
The Poet’s Career: a short gallop at full speed, or the flight of a bird (by Keith Jafrate)
Haiku, Tanka and Haibun
This Bright Moment: the Practice of Haiku
Joy and Grief – One Brush (by Ken Jones)
Where Boundaries Blur: The Prose Poem

Part 3 Storymaking
Heart of Story
Out of the Labyrinth
Once Upon a Time
Creating the Universe
The Alchemy of Objects (by Jane Spiro)
Stranger Than Fiction
Beginnings, Middles & Ends

Part 4 Writing For Life
The Night Sea Journey (by Rose Flint)
Writing for Wellbeing
A Candle Against the Dark
A Tree Full of Birds

Footnotes & References

Notes on Contributors

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