Friday, September 22, 2006

Experience Can Be A Hard Teacher

Experience can be a hard teacher. It gives the test first, the lesson afterward! At times I have dangerous impatience and imaginings. If I ignore or deny them, they grow into beasts and can rip away at me. So, I must face them. If I avoid what's dangerous, I avoid life. I devalue life by fleeing. This is one of the highest purposes of writing as an art. Writing allows me to confront, explore, and investigate what is most disturbing. Writing serves to contain the impatience and the images.

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