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INside AUTHORS January, 2008

Awaken The Author Within

Jane Yolen and Leonard Cohen
By  Diego X. Jesus and Mark London

Every issue, IN presents INside Authors, a look at authors from around the world who have significantly caught our attention and deserve a little space and recognition.

The following two authors are this month's choices. Our hope is to provide a glimpse, a snapshot, an overview of some of the finest writers of our time making waves both tidal and ripple.

Jane Yolen

Background INfo: Author of over 270 published books, with 33 more under contract (all but 6 already written.) I write for children, young adults, adults, as the mood takes me. Best of all, I love to write poetry and fantasy.

INfluences: Both my parents were writers, my father a journalist and PR executive, my mother a failed short story writer (by "failed" I mean she only sold one) and creator of crossword puzzles. All their friends were writers. I assumed -- until I was 10 or so -- that all grownups were writers. I believed that even the ones who were teachers and doctors and bus drivers went home at night to write.

Advice: "BIC." That's the magic word. Butt in chair. But don't forget to go outside and occasionally smell the grandbabies.

Internet Presence: I am the last of the red-hot Luddites. Luckily I married a professor of computer science long before there was computer science. I have told him he absolutely has to die AFTER me because otherwise I couldn't deal with the computer. He's my webmaister and the one who swears at the computer when it messes up. My gorgeous webmeister is at and he's the one to congratulate -- and to blame.

The Future: I expect to be writing as long as my head works.

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Briar Rose
Cards Of Grief
One-Armed Queen
Sister, Light, Sister Dark
White Jenna
The Books Of Great Alta

Among Angels
Merlin's Booke
Once Upon A Time She Said
The Radiation Sonnets
Tales Of Wonder
Sister Emily's Lightship and Other Stories
The Whitethorn Wood And Other Magicks

Leonard Cohen

Background INfo: Montreal poet laureate, 60s novelist extraordinaire (The Favourite Game, Beautiful Losers), quirky but committed musician, social philosopher, Canadian cultural hero and international poster boy for intellectuals the world over.

Lust is a compunction that incites me to the greatest respect. We are erotic creatures and you can't separate the erotic from the spiritual. The energy that we bring to God or the spirit or to a woman is all erotic energy -- it's all plus and minus, negative and positive, yin and yang -- that's the only thing that drives this universe.

The self is like a hero in a bad drama. You expend all that energy maintaining a role, making you unhappy because in this world there's no leading man. The only time you feel any good is when your ego dissolves for a minute or two and you don't have to maintain the torturous intrigue in which your personality is the heroic figure.

The Future
I remember when I used to run an elevator in New York City. There was this guy who would come in every day and he'd make the same joke. "How's business -- up and down?" Well, it's a lot like that. Up and down.

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Novel and Poetry: 
Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956)
The Spice-Box Of Earth (1961)
The Favourite Game (novel; 1963)
Flowers for Hitler (1964)
Beautiful Losers (novel; 1966)
Parasites of Heaven (1966)
Selected Poems 1956-1968 (1968) & Poems 1956-1968 (UK 1969)
The Energy Of Slaves (1972)
Death Of A Lady's Man (1978)
Book Of Mercy (1984)
Stranger Music (1993)
Book of Longing (2006)
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Diego X. Jesus is a Dominican-born American freelance journalist and associate editor of IN who makes Toronto his home approximately half the time. Otherwise, we don't know where he might be. email Diego Jesus

Mark London is a Toronto based freelance writer and associate editor of IN who has been with the FWO-Int'l from the early years volunteering much of his time in assisting young writers' careers. email Mark:

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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