Word-Clouding Our Obsessions

All authors write out of our own obsessions–ones we don’t always know about ourselves. When I asked a writer friend for feedback on my manuscript Burn This House, she asked whether I realized how much of the color yellow and how many birds showed up in the poems. I had, in fact, no idea how much these images had occupied my consciousness over the two years it took to compose those poems.


So, in thinking about ways to deepen the writing of Jacob Wrestling, I began playing with a word cloud to see if I had any underlying images I could use to better advantage. It didn’t yield any great surprises, but I do think it’s rather pretty. Want a peek at what the book’s about? Have a look.





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