“Language creates boundaries around chaos and gives meaning to pain, to mess, and to confusion. Sentences emerge from the internal wilderness and form a path. And yet words can form a barrier between emotion and experience. Any writer will tell you how baffling is the gap between imagination and execution, between what is sensed and what is said. I write to discover what I think, and even what I feel. Through language, I chase disorderly emotion into a field with a perimeter I can see, and mark, and claim.”


I stumbled across this today and wow, is it powerful. As a writer, this speaks to me on so many levels. I write to learn; I write to discover. <div><br></div><div>Words give way to what we experience, allow us to make sense of what is happening and understand what we're feeling, or even what we don't yet know we're feeling. </div><div><br></div><div>I often find it incredible that through writing, we find our answers. I love Irene's last line here, "Through language I chase disorderly emotion into a field with a perimeter I can see, and mark, and claim."</div><div><br></div><div>Yes. Through writing I create what is real, tangible, concrete. </div><div>What I can hold in my palm, twirl between my forefinger and thumb and say, 'Yes, this I understand.'</div>

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