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The House on Downing Street…


A good one about the pros and cons of being haunted by greatness by Mr. Michael Henry.  Here’s a good graf:

I also believed, as many writers do, that to become a published and well-respected writer all I needed was the right office. When Lighthouse first settled in, I happily ended up with Ferril’s study, way in the back on the second floor, as my office. The room is airy, with a high ceiling, built-in bookshelves, and other touches of personality—like a narrow homemade ladder leading to the finished attic loft—which give you a glimpse into Thomas Ferril, the person and poet. I bought a bunch of Ferril’s books and placed them carefully on a bookshelf. I lined up my own poetry library on other shelves. I dusted off an old glass lamp that I’d bought at a garage sale and put it on my desk, which was nothing more than a pine door painted black and laid across two low bookshelves. The desk faced a whitewashed wall where I hung motivational quotes—lines from poems and inspiring declarations like: “A brave man struggling against adversity is a spectacle for the gods” (Seneca), and, “Writing is a form of making, and making humanizes the world” (Richard Rhodes).

Everything was in place. Me, the aspiring poet, in the poet’s house, literary ghosts flitting all around, my computer on and humming nicely, the blank screen waiting. Brilliant and mesmerizing poetry was just a few keystrokes away. 

More here…

Things don’t exactly go as planned.  You can read the whole article online, but to see the glossy of the haunted poet, you have to get your paws on the January print edition of 5280. Nice work, Mike!

5 comments on “The House on Downing Street…

  1. Lisa Kenney
    December 28, 2008

    Terrific piece!

  2. Susan Friberg
    December 31, 2008

    I finally was able to find a minute or 10 to read your article in 5280, Michael, and wanted to thank you for it. There are many reasons to commend it, but for now, I want to tell you as the new year begins that I took comfort in knowing that Ferril and you struggle to find time to write and for reminding me that it’s important to just pull up my socks and work…”word by word, line by line.” making something of what I am, whenever I can, wherever I am.
    Happy New Year to Lighthouse and thanks for being here!

  3. gary s
    January 1, 2009

    Man, that is one fine peice of writing. Thanks.

  4. joemmama
    January 16, 2009

    Wonderful piece! I wish I wrote well enough to join your group. Keep up the good work!!

  5. Lane L.
    January 23, 2010

    Michael – You captured the essence of your space and it’s previous use in a special way. It is quite a house and story. As I’ve seen your office in my pre-class wanderings to and from the restroom (How DO you get there?), it feels like your reverence for the life in it started humbly, like an introduced guest. As you have made it your own now, you seem to have settled in to become the best of friends. Nice. I can practically hear the creaks in the uneven floor and feel the coolness from the drafts and lack of insulation. My fingers are cold…

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