I’m also simply grateful if anyone takes time out of their lives to connect with me through writing. There is an interesting intimacy that comes through this act of writing and reading. Through this process which is often difficult and in no way natural to our human selves, we meet someone through time and space, get into the head and mind of how a person might think and see the world. We process these marks on a page and think, feel, and dream.
When I write I find that I am writing in response to not only how I see the world, but also, to the words that I have read over the years. I believe that our own writing affirms or challenges or questions these words. We’re writing to the writers that we have read over the years and meeting their words with our own. We’re also writing to the readers–those who may enjoy our words and who may be writing their own stories, and who are thinking and sifting through our words in a way that has been influenced by their very personal and private encounter with literature.
Reading and writing is an illusory way to control time, to perceive humans as something other than we are, which are temporal figures in this universe. Reading and writing speaks to our ephemeral selves; reading and writing asks us to slow down and recollect, to rejuvenate or resurrect memory and longing. Who is it that we are trying to connect with when we read and write? And why? What is it that we believe that only this writer or reader can understand? Isn’t this what we are trying to do through this act of solitude, really? Are we hoping to commune with another, find a connection that justifies or explains the essence of our human experience?
Does art, in this case, the art of words, a question, a call and response to Why…
A while back I was having a very bad day, but then, this image of my book at the Rockridge Library in Oakland was sent to me by author Hilary Zaid.
I had to take a moment there and think about this. I’ve been in conversation with writers for many years, but with this book, I was finally able to answer back. Oh, you think XYZ, great! This is what I think, ABC!