poetryrepairs #206 14.11:130
JUDY HOGAN : This Sacred Way 3 [October 5, 2008]
JACK HRINIAK : A Note Before Dying
CAROL BORZYSKOWSKI : Comment on Good Writing
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JUDY HOGAN

This Sacred Way 3 [October 5, 2008]
What one means by integrity, in the case of the novelist, is the conviction that he gives one that this is the truth. Yes, one feels, I should never have thought that this could be so; I have never known people behaving like that, but you have convinced me that so it is, so it happens. One holds every phrase, every scene to the light as one reads–for Nature seems, very oddly, to have provided us with an inner light by which to judge of the novelist's integrity or disintegrity. Or perhaps it is rather that Nature, in her most irrational mood, has traced in invisible ink on the walls of the mind a premonition which these great artists confirm; a sketch which only needs to be held to the fire of genius to become visible. When one so exposes it and sees it come to life, one exclaims in rapture. But this is what I have always felt and known and desired! –Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
We enter a time of major and permanent change. All my life I've been changing, yet my integrity holds fast. How many people are still connected at age seventy to who they are in their depths so that their words release the invisible ink in the minds of other people? She called it "the Judy effect," but I could not see what I'd done besides encouraging her to read and write. Then I remembered I'd talked about being whole and how one might seem conventional in most ways, but then in some situation, one would be moved to speak out, regardless of the consequences, which is exactly what she did, after sitting on her truth for five years. I forget my integrity, though it regularly annoys someone when I speak the truth. Some are angry; some, relieved; some hate me; some love me. I'm writing novels with clues to integrity, to how conflicts can be transformed by love, how the impossible dream can take on flesh; how communities are created and sustained, how neighborhoods can become places of sanity and love. Call it bread for a hunger as universal as for wholesome food. Along with the garlic, carrots, beets, peppers, beans, okra, sweet potatoes, peaches, figs, pears, grapes, and raspberries, I'm growing communion, harmony, transformation, the coming into its own of the human soul.

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JACK HRINIAK

A Note Before Dying
I am here but can't get there. I'm here who I am; but who am I? I am I, with only them. I became as you are but haven't been. Life is so small in me; yet it lingers to bear each breath there is. Being of me is more than pain; it's of nothing but one. All of me goes out here....

poetryrepairs #206 14.11:130

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CAROL BORZYSKOWSKI Comment on Good Writing
Good Writing sets a taproot in your brain that sinks down to touch your soul. I refuse to dismiss the importance of reading and take a firm stand to promote the written world. I applaud POETRYREPAIRS slogan: 'Read more poetry, Repair your mind.' We all need poetry in our lives. We need to see it, hear it and feel it. Poetry is springing up in advertising on television. Performance poetry with musical background that engages the ear and sells the product. Okay to that I say, look at the medium, look at the form. Applaud the rhythm and rap. I have always thought that reading expands your world. A poem that sinks into your soul is read and reread and from that day forward, there is a different light about your eyes. Writers able to take theuniversal out of the abstract and make it personal to you have fulfilled their greatest function. Sinking a taproot into your soul will change you forever. Too much violence everywhere? Violence is, to most people, too vague and abstract. Sure you care; but, you don’t know the people. Those people are dying across the world from you and not directly connected in any way. You may "feel" the horror of the situation; but, you are not truly engaged nor effected. Yet, tap into the right story or poem, one whose author has distilled the abstract into one happening or character that you get to know, and when violence or tragedy strikes then it rocks your soul. You are struck dumb. If the taproot reaches your soul and expands in and from your soul, then you are able to see the horror of the universal problem. It isn't 27 people killed by a "friendly" bomb while at a wedding reception; it becomes your friend Geia, who finally was able to wear her big sister's shoes and go to a grown up dance. Her shoe is the one lying empty at the edge of the ruined dance floor. Encourage the poets and writers. Keep reading and when you find the right words, share them. All good writing is political in a sense. Writers, dreams and poets show the world as we need to see and understand it. Read more poetry; Repair your mind. Repair the world one soul at a time.


poetryrepairs #206 14.11:130

Poetry endangers the established order
of the soul - Plato

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JUDY HOGAN : This Sacred Way 3 [October 5, 2008]
JACK HRINIAK : A Note Before Dying
CAROL BORZYSKOWSKI : Comment on Good Writing

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