Anne-Marie Oomen | On Writing
ANNE-MARIE OOMEN, Award-winning Michigan author, writer, poet, Interlochen Arts Academy, Writing Workshops, Poet in Residence, Writer in Residence, Writing Residence
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From A High Place

On a farm, the most important building is the barn. Barns place the farmer squarely in the middle of dirt and reverence. It is where animals live, and the serenity and stupidity of animals is an experience close to grace. It is where things die openly, but not serenely— stillborn calves, drowned cats, frostbitten swallows. The barn is a place of largeness and work, but the...

Michigan Youth Arts Festival

May 16, 2010.  Just before lunch, the familiar sound of “Beat It” echoes across the Mall of Western Michigan University’s campus, filling the May sunshine with the contagious Michael Jackson beat.  The student dancers, some forty or so, seem to rise from all points of the mall and converge on a clear open area, and in the cool spring air, render an energetic version of...