I woke in the dark. 2:32 a.m.

 What have I done with my life, I thought. Why didn’t I get a real job? I’m not even good at poetry. How do I get out of this mess?

Self-doubt—it’s a booby trap of the ego, a canker of our humanness. And, as I re-learned, it’s a gift.

Books and Recordings by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

After a week of moping and self-recrimination, I realized I had a choice. I could press eject and attempt a new life, OR I could commit myself more deeply, more wholly, to my art. Phrased this way, the choice was clear. I realized had become complacent, had been waiting for the world to come to me instead of rising up myself to meet the world.

What a blessing it turned out to be. Self-doubt drop-kicked me into a new level of enthusiasm and commitment—I launched a new discussion series at the library (link to article in Daily Planet, new on the articles page), a new drop in writing class at the local art school (see calendar), and a new poetry salon series.

It sounds strange, I know, for me to wish you doubt, but I do. And I wish you, too, a curiosity to pull you through, and a growing desire to bring your whole self to whatever it is you do.

Yours in the big conversation,
Rosemerry
 

What's inside?

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The Writing’s on the Wall—For two years, artist Jill Sabella and I collaborated on creating three-line poems and three-line drawings. The result is a book just out from Lithic Press, Even Now, and a two-month art show at Gallery 81435 in Telluride.

A few pieces are still available for purchase through the gallery.

 


NEWS:

Why Try Poetry?—Find out my answers in this interview in Durango’s DGO Magazine.

The Art of the Apology—How do we improve the world? It starts with three words. I am sorry. See how that might work from the top down in this poem published in New Verse News.

The Future of Poetry—Every fall I join a group of incredible teachers in Ohio at Wellspring of the Imagination, a fabulous program for high school students offered by Alan Cohen. You can watch a video of this year’s event here.

What Do You Call A Group of Poets? A Heard! I’ve partnered with the San Juan Independent to launch an interactive poetry map, Heard of Poets: Poems from Colorado’s Western Slope. Each week we feature a new poet. Find it here.

A Daily Dose of Poetry:
To read my daily poems, check out my blog

PDF of Rosemery's 2016-17 Schedule here! (for printing and emailing)