To celebrate National Short Story month one might read a short story. I was interviewed by the Emerging Writers Network reviewer Dan Wickett. As I have said before, it’s a privilege to have anyone read my work and in this way, I am always grateful for readers out there.
I was thinking about writing and realize that while I have always written, there were others who probably saw my interest in reading and writing quite differently, or who were simply thoughtful and perceptive in ways I could not be about my own self. When I graduated from high school an aunt presented me a slender volume titled something like The World’s Best Loved Poems. It had a velveteen cover with gold embossed lettering. It was filled with canonical poems. And then a friend from my junior high school gave me a Howe and Howe edition titled Short Shorts or very short stories. I used this quite a bit over the years.
Sometimes people know us better than we know ourselves. Sometimes who we are becomes buried under expectations and definitions that never seem to fit us. Sometimes we need to simply reach back in time and then it all clicks into place.
Tell the story you need to tell. Write the poem you need to write. Dream into the idea of how you see the world and watch it unfold.