The Woman Who Spilled Words All over Herself: How to Write the Zona Rosa Wayby Daniell
Rosemary Daniell, best known for her controversial memoirs "Sleeping with Soldiers" and "Fatal Flowers", shares what she has discovered as a poet and author. For more than 15 years, Daniell has led creative writing workshops for adults, school children, mental patients, and prisoners.
A self-described "controversial" author, Daniell (The Hurricane Season, 1992, etc.) concedes that the frank sensuality and wildness of her published poems, memoirs, and fiction may have inhibited their success. In chapters with titles like "How I Wrote My Heart Out & How You Can Too" and "Writing in the Pink Zone, or How I Became Zona Rosa," she explains her attempts to cultivate the untamed in her own consciousness, and her encouragement of her students to do the same, to develop a "passionate nature." Daniell notes that, even as a young mother washing diapers at the laundromat and purchasing groceries on credit, she always sensed that language would save her. She alludes to a dark period between marriages when pleasures of the flesh had come to dominate her life. Finally, at the age when her mother had killed herself, Daniell found salvation from her "potential narcissism . . . the creeping dark of a life without limits" in teaching. In delineating the objectives of Zona Rosanamed after a Mexico City red-light districtand the experiences of its members (at first women only; men were later allowed to join) over the years, Daniell celebrates the power of the feminine, the intuitive, arguing that writers must not only support one another in their efforts but respect their own choices and material. Appendices include "exorcises," special exercises developed for Zona Rosa. A grouping of favorite workshop recipes ("Melinda's Blintz Muffins," "Claire's Southern Comfort Cake") rounds out this hybrid work.
A lively primer for beginning writers and for writing teachers, and a further demonstration of the unique nature of the "southern literary woman."
- Faber and Faber
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