Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


So, last week, I shared some exciting poetry-publishing news. This week, I can point you to the suite of poems that Tablet took. (AND to a poem that someone else wrote in response!)


Pretty amazing (to me, at any rate).

And Speaking of (Truly) Amazing

I don’t know about you, but after the horror of Sunday’s news, the couple of hours I spent watching the Tony Awards proved to be precious, inspiring time.

The highlight, I think, had to be Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance speech for the award for Best Score.

#SundaySentence, a Few Days Early

Since I’ll away for a long weekend—in fact, this will be my last post, in all likelihood, until next Wednesday’s Midweek Notes—I’ll take this opportunity to give you my #SundaySentence ahead of time.

And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.

Which is taken, of course, from the same stunning sonnet by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

8 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Lisa Romeo says:

    Congrats on the poems!

    I felt the same about the Tonys…balm for a weary soul.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Essentially, I haven’t stopped listening to the “Hamilton” soundtrack since Sunday night….

  2. Clive Collins says:

    For me, the words that havemost truly resonated this week have come from Auden and Larkin. The lines of Auden’s poem “September 1, 1939” “We must love one another or die” and “May I, composed like them/Of Eros and of dust … Show an affirming flame.”. Larkin’s line at the end of “An Arundel Tomb” has come to seem particularly poignant, “What will survive of us is love.”

    The story of Ruth is one of my most favourite parts of The Holy Bible and so I look forward to reading your poems, Erika, as well as those written in response. (I like as well the way in which D.H. Lawrence weaves the story into his novel Women in Love, where Ursula, Gudrun and the Contessa dance the it “in the style of the Russian Ballet …” in Chapter 8, “Breadalby”.

    If I may, I’d like to share a publiction of my own, “Where the Bus Stop Was” which went up today on http://www.terrain.org/2016/fiction/where-the-bus-stop-was/

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks for the comment, Clive–and for sharing your new publication. I’ll look forward to reading it.

  3. Leah Hughes says:

    Thank you for sharing your poems! I’ve been listening since I was a little girl to the Ruth story since my mother and daddy told me how they used it in their (Southern Baptist) wedding, and I enjoy your retelling! I appreciate the Hamilton remark, too! I didn’t see the Tony’s, but I saw it on the Today Show. I appreciate you spreading the news about love.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Hugs, Leah!

  4. diana rosen says:

    Lovely trifecta of poems. So perfect for Shavuot.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you so much, Diana!

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