Dear Li-Young Lee,

Sage CohenSage poetry and proseLeave a Comment

My favorite day is Saturday. My favorite color is dog tongue and empty bowl. My favorite color is “happy,” the way my son says it, clutching his small ambulance. My favorite day is Thursday. Thumb of circumstance. My favorite window hinges on the distance of open and closed, my heart its trapped glass blushing a sunset-streaked descent. My favorite dream … Read More

Learn what productivity means to you

Sage CohenProductive writing3 Comments

Now that you’ve made a case for your future by studying what is being accomplished and who you admire in your field, celebrated down to the last comma all that went well in your writing life in 2010, and dreamed big about your Productive Writing Life, let’s drill down to some details of exactly who you are and what you … Read More

Choose your word for 2011!

Sage CohenProductive writing24 Comments

Happy New Year! As we stand on the threshold of the erased blackboard of 2010, I’m wondering if you’ve chosen the word that will be the North Star for your writing life in 2011. Not yet? Consider this. Having a single word as an organizing priciple for your Productive Writer aspirations can be very powerful. At the start of each … Read More

“Hole in it”

Sage CohenSage poetry and prose4 Comments

he says, seated on his knees in the high red stool, belly pressed to the edge of the gray counter. My son who has graduated from single words to third person omniscient: Theo climb chair, Theo peel orange, Theo look out window, points to this strange, broken piece of toast I am wincing from the toaster to his plate. We … Read More

A little celebration of moving through fear

Sage CohenProductive writing15 Comments

I recently insisted that you celebrate all things good as you wrap up 2010 to help make space for and invite in all the successes that are waiting to claim you in 2010. Now I’d like to share a little celebration of my own. But first, a bit of back story. I first spoke my poetry in front of a … Read More

A free class, a scholarship, and three, great ways to get poeming in January

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No cash left after the holiday hooplah? No problem! To support you in making 2011 your best writing year yet, I’m offering a free teleclass on fear, two scholarships to my Poetry for the People classes in January, (Don’t forget that scholarship applications are due by Friday, December 31!) and three different ways to engage in your life poetic as … Read More

I [heart] Ellen Bass

Sage CohenThe life poetic2 Comments

Out at happy hour with Wendy and Darlene last week, the conversation meandered toward the inadequacy of language in naming non-marital, adult relationships. Boyfriend: those don’t really outlive high school. Lover: embarrassing, especially if your mother or children are within earshot. Mate: don’t dogs to that? Partner: does this include a non-disclosure clause and a corner office? Which led me … Read More

Name your Paradise x4

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In my experience, success starts with celebration. Which is why I suggested last week that if you want to make 2011 your best writing year yet, you should start with noticing and appreciating everything good in your writing life this year. If you haven’t taken this step yet, I hope you’ll do it now. Then, with the wind of self-appreciation … Read More