On Saturday, April 27th, I was referenced in a list of related articles on We Drink Because We’re Poets. Written by Sahm King, the post On Poets and Action: the Voice of the People is a philosophical and inspirational approach to poets and activism.
I feel that artists, poets, writers, do have a power to change things.
I am thankful for the reference, and also for the clarity of mind that co-writer of the blog, Sahm King’s post and subsequent comments helped bring me.
Writer Bastet’s comments on the article were shared from the heart and I appreciate her candor. The author shared: “I also think that writers, poets, musicians, artists and historian etc.are witnesses…and should avoid moralism and preaching, a trap into which many have fallen.”
This statement hit close to home, helping me to bring the “activism” in King’s article full circle. “Yes, I agree, but what is it that I can DO?”
Not too long ago, I was incredibly hurt and haunted by a fictional book I had read that promoted violence against women. I was so so mad and heart broken by the publishers, editors and the author of this book. It affected me physically. Writing about it helped, but it came out unorganized and rendered only with passion. After having my partner look over it (honestly confirming my suspicions about it’s lack of cohesiveness and dragging of parties through the mud) I decided not to post my three plus page rant.
Now with a clear head, and with the dreams no longer haunting me, I feel that the article might succeed into what we as artists wish to do so often….help protect our humanity and “act against the justices that corrupt the very balance of our world.” (Sahm King)
It has been inspirational to read each of King’s chosen articles related to On Poets and Action: the Voice of the People. Each of the writer’s are engaged, clear and forward thinking. I feel honored to be among these fellow poets and writers.
I look forward to the future, where sharing and being active are more prevalent parts of my life as a writer.
Brandy Elizabeth NS
April 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm
Reblogged this on We Drink Because We're Poets.
April 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm
Brandyeli, you do us much honor, and I very much appreciate your post and your insights. Regarding your article on the book wherein there was promotion of violence against women, I would very much be interested in reading of that, most specifically because it speaks to a question that I’ve had regarding how we treat women in art and the mainstream media. To know there is such a book just shattered a perception I had; that authors and poets are free from the gross behavior of promotion of such violence.
Good company. Thank you. 🙂
April 30, 2013 at 6:34 am
Thank you for your reply Sahm and for reblogging. I look forward to sharing more about that experience. It is a hard line to cross when it comes to a fellow author or artist because I believe so much in creative license. A double edged sword. Thank you so much for your great blog post which has inspired so many thoughts.
April 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm
Thank you for your clear thinking and sharing this experience with us…if we have a talent we can and should use it to show a different pathway. Good for you that you didn’t do a page rant…people may love them, but they distract rather than focus on problems, or so I think.
April 30, 2013 at 6:27 am
I agree that it is clarity we need when speaking of issues that are important to us. There is something bigger at stake when we lose the reader instead of effectively communicating our passion. I really enjoyed everyone’s thoughts on this topic. I appreciate your comment and reblog. Thank you!
April 30, 2013 at 9:22 am
April 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm
Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet and commented:
A writer’s experience…a good read… to meditate.