Jane Blanchard’s ‘In and Out of Season’

August 3, 2020

I’m delighted to have received my copy of this new book by Snakeskin poet Jane Blanchard. She’s often observational and witty. Here’s a brief taste of her work:


Ten days into
A writers’ conference,
I think that monks
Did right by silence.

Yes, I definitely get the point of that one.

5 Responses to “Jane Blanchard’s ‘In and Out of Season’”

  1. Monty Says:

    In the second line of Jane’s piece, the apostrophe should be before the ‘s’, not after: should it not?

    • Definitely not. She means the kind of conference where many writers get together, and all have plenty to say. Hence the preference for Trappism.

      • Monty Says:

        Well, I must confess to being mildly startled by your assertion. I’ve always assumed it should be “a writer’s conference” or “writers’ conferences”; in the same way that we use “writer’s block” or “writers’ blocks”.. “a writer’s desk” or “writers’ desks”.

        Is it the case that if more than one writer is attending such a conference, we use “a writers’ conference”?

  2. It wouldn’t be much of a conference with just one writer there.

  3. Monty Says:

    It certainly wouldn’t. And because of your witty, but telling, response, I can now see where I was going wrong. If one writer owns something, it’s the writer’s (something); but if more than one writer owns that thing, it’s the writers’ (thing). Cheers for the heads-up.

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