blackbird online journal Spring 2008  Vol. 7  No. 1

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Tracking the Muse
October 1, 2008

In 2007 the editors of Blackbird asked four contributors featured in our Introductions Reading Loop to write about creative process in “Tracking the Muse.” The quality of the resulting essays convinced us to make this an annual feature. This year Sandra Beasley, Jehanne Dubrow, Terry Gibson, and Miroslav Penkov discuss how the happenstance and anguish of revision contribute to the magic and hard work of creative expression.

  Jeanne Dubrow
May 9, 2008

Each spring we use this Reading Loop to bring to your attention a group of writers and visual artists whose work you may be encountering for the first time. In this issue, the group includes several who have been published here before and have already made their way to other lists and anthologies acclaiming their remarkable work. We expect that you will be glad to discover them now—and to hear of them again later in their careers, as you no doubt will.

  Sandra Beasley

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