So I have permission by Rachel Blau DuPlessis to use Pink Guitar for my latest creative conceptual collage work. She was hesitant, but I assured her I would show her the finished text--and use her complete text sentence by selected sentence.
What amazes me is she could have igmored my email. She's in South Africa, and she could have blown it off.
One thing about being a writer, critic, poet, etc.is the humility, the humble life, that I've found among other writers, critics, poets, etcs. I've made the best friends, feel accepted in a community, and as I ask, people are willing to give me permission to use their work for mine.
However, as rose-tinted as I may seem, I know the ugly side of this biz. It especially happens in MFA programs. It's better to find the like-minded professors and peers--those who look at writing as a community, rather than a power trip or system. (A topic for another blog.)