I’ve been noticeably absent on my blog lately. I’ve been writing. About blogging. Just not blogging. Does that make any sense? I mentioned earlier that I was giving a presentation at a local university regarding my experience blogging about (but not limited to) gender. I gave the presentation today, and overall I think it went okay. I’m never completely sure about these sorts of things. At any rate, when I was writing my presentation I was having a great deal of difficulty organizing my thoughts. Then I came across a beautiful quote about writing that helped me frame my paper. Here it is:
Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives. —Audre Lorde
There is so much more to say about the incredible beauty and meaning in this lovely language, but I think it needs to just sit and settle for a bit. I will leave it to you, dear Reader, to enjoy at your leisure. And perhaps we can consider this quotation and all of its implications another time.
If you’d like to read Lorde’s entire essay here’s a good link: http://www.onbeing.org/program/words-shimmer/feature/poetry-not-luxury-audre-lorde/318
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