Life in Transition
A blog about a person, and a culture, in flux. Diana Goetsch (formerly Douglas Goetsch) is a poet and freelance teacher of writing. Her latest book is Nameless Boy.
A forever thing
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, June 01, 2016
We teach by being ourselves
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Medical science needs to back off
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
You’re wearing that?
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 11, 2016
You look like a different person
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, May 04, 2016
I might be alive.
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 27, 2016
He had no idea how much danger he was in.
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 20, 2016
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Our groundbreaking year suddenly doesn’t look so groundbreaking
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, April 06, 2016
A zombie narrative
by Diana Goetsch | Wednesday, March 30, 2016
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by John Kaag
W. S. Merwin, one of the most celebrated and prolific poets of his generation, died last Friday at the age of 91. A former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Merwin was also known for his work as a conservationist. After moving to Hawaii in the 1970s, he began the decades-long project of restoring different plant species to the former pineapple plantation where he lived. Merwin was notoriously difficult to contact, but in the fall of last year, John Kaag managed to interview him over the phone. Merwin, he reports, repeated the same lines throughout their conversation: “The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and, for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.” In an essay for the Scholar, Kaag explores this relationship between gardening and the passage of time, and how it is reflected in Merwin’s life and poetry.