Knocking Down Woodpiles

A poet friend of mine, Mike Delp, always advised his students at Interlochen Arts Academy to knock down every woodpile they saw on campus.  (There are a lot of them, Mike said.)  Along with that, he told them to re-stack every knocked down pile.*

I like the circularity of that:  leave a penny, take a penny; that which is destroyed is built back up, and that which is built is destroyed.

Mike’s intent was to show his students one way to feed their creativity, a path to the muse, and I like that too.

Yesterday I moved this pile of lathe from here: 

to here:

I had a good writing morning today.

(I’m not moving the pile back, by the way.  But there are other piles.)

*Mike’s advice came to me via the North of 45 Writer’s Retreat held in Curtis, Michigan over the weekend, at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn.  An awesome event:  I had FUN.

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4 Responses to “Knocking Down Woodpiles”

  1. Robyn

    Just did some intense weeding myself, Ellen. Which before just seemed odious and now seems infinitely creative!

  2. Suzanne Tietjen

    Loved the retreat. Some good writing has happened since. Some not so good, too. Haven’t moved a woodpile yet, but am keeping the pen moving. Thank you for your honesty and generous heart.

  3. Phil Downs

    Of course.

  4. ellenair

    Thank YOU, Suzanne.


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