We invited writers, artists, and musicians to share a favorite creative prompt or craft lesson, or to tell us about a book, poem, song, or film that affected them. We asked them to offer opinions and experiences on creativity, artistic processes, and the role of arts in culture. We're offering their responses here as occasional features on creativity that we're calling Still Life.
This edition of Still Life features an observation and rumination on the pen as a tool of power and freedom by writer and artist Larry Thacker. Larry’s poetry can be found in over a hundred publications, including Still: The Journal, Spillway, American Journal of Poetry, Poetry South, Tower Poetry Society, Mad River Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Mojave River Review, Town Creek Poetry, and Appalachian Heritage. His short stories can be found in past issues of the Still, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Dime Show Review, Vandalia Journal, and Grotesque Quarterly.
He is the author of Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia (Overmountain Press) the poetry chapbooks, Voice Hunting and Memory Train (Finishing Line Press) and the full collection Drifting in Awe (2017 Finishing Line Press), as well as the forthcoming full collections Feasts of Evasion (Future Cycle Press) and Grave Robber Confessional (Main Street Rag Publishing). He is a veteran of the US Army and seventh generation native of the Cumberland Gap area. His MFA in poetry and fiction is from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is also a 15-year veteran of the student services field in higher education with multiple professional degrees.
by Larry Thacker