Taming the Literary Animal

Poet Matthea Harvey, keynote speaker at the Conversations & Connections Conference, Washington, D. C., April 13, 2013:

Writing is not a career. It’s a way of being in the world that can be both painful and beautiful.

Writing is like a wild animal. You will never tame it. Some days it eats out of your hand, other days there’s not even a glimpse of a tail in the shrubbery.

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