Wednesday, September 07, 2005

you are exactly where you are

i am back from the desert!
i am back to school today, too!
i learned so much... mostly about myself. my limits, joy, frustrations... good hard beautiful.

so much to process, especially about the tragedy in new orleans,
and me with no internet access at home for some weird unknown reason.
i'm writing from the hallway at school before my night class.

i just wanted to say hello. i am starting to catch up...

my instructor said some wonderful things this afternoon, just what i needed to hear to ground.

i want to share:

be sincere when you do your work.

strive for authenticity.

you are exactly where you are.


draw with this word in mind.... pentimento= the traces of the effort of the search (to repent)

be your own teacher. come up with the most difficult assingment that you most dread and struggle for 6 hours with it.

(mine will most likely be a bunch of chairs and tables or hands in contorted positions)

"Writers (and artists) don't need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer sometimes needs to be able to just stand and gape at this or that thing- a sunset or an old shoe- in absolute and simple amazement". - Raymond Carver


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Stef said...

glad to see you made it back ~ i love these words. I think I'll print them out and post them at my work space!

take care sweetie...let's do lunch soon!

jenny vorwaller said...

i love those thoguhts from your instructor.

cant wait to hear more about burning man...and pictures.

the k-bear said...

wow, I am jealous. I went last year, but couldn't make it this year. I like your blog. keep it up!

welcome back to the "real world"

la vie en rose said...

What wonderful, inspiring words! I love the quote and need to do a little more gaping in simple amazement myself.

Meredith said...

Welcome back Mati! Thanks for sharing those words. I can't wait to hear more about your experiences at Burning Man.

Plus I owe you your choice of a painting, so we should get together soon!