1.15.2009

there is no earthly way to express eternal things

this morning in my literary analysis class, my teacher Brother d'Evegnee said something that really struck me. he said, "if you asked me how i felt about my wife, i would tell you i love her. but if you asked me how i felt about bacon, i would tell you that i love bacon, too." he went on to talk about how poetry helps us to express a deeper meaning of feeling, something that just saying "i love you," or "you mean a lot to me," doesn't often do.
this is why i'm studying english! words have so much power if you just know how to use them. being able to articulate your ideas will get you so far; people will respect you and take your opinions seriously.

or, as Natalie Goldberg says:

"We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us. Our details are important. Otherwise, if they are not, we can drop a bomb and it doesn't matter. . . Recording the details of our lives is a stance against bombs with their mass ability to kill, against too much speed and efficiency. A writer must say yes to life, to all of life: the water glasses, the Kemp's half-and-half, the ketchup on the counter. It is not a writer's task to say, "It is dumb to live in a small town or to eat in a cafĂ© when you can eat macrobiotic at home." Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist – the real truth of who we are: several pounds overweight, the gray, cold street outside, the Christmas tinsel in the showcase, the Jewish writer in the orange booth across from her blond friend who has black children. We must become writers who accept things as they are, come to love the details, and step forward with a yes on our lips so there can be no more noes in the world, noes that invalidate life and stop these details from continuing."
(i love natalie goldberg. i L O V E her. read her books. they are wonderful and every time i read something she wrote i wish i had written it myself. i mentioned i love her, right? i want to be her friend. i hope that's not creepy.)

well, on a side note, i found out my little brother robbie is coming out to idaho next weekend to see me! 
i am so excited.

2 comments:

  1. I don't love bacon but I do love yoga and you. Go figure.

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  2. OOOOH I'm going to have to read something by her, what would you recommend I start with? I really enjoyed that passage, as well as the quote at the top of your blog. :D

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oh, hey!

i think you're smart, pretty, and entitled to your own opinions.

i'd love it if the feeling was mutual!