- John Berger
It is my goal to write stories that have the character of a poem. I think it can be done; I think the reason Mr Berger thinks it can't is because we have all decided what a story should be - a procession of angles, a journey, a certain number of acts. What if we listened instead to the way the women tell their private stories about life? The digging in and drawing out and coming about. It is poetry, it is a wild song with all the voices of light and shadow, dirt and dreaming, intertwined.
For that matter, what if we listened to the stories of the sparrow, the willow tree, the river? Each have their own cadence and understanding about how life and change happen. When I have trouble writing, I remember (sometimes very late) to go sit awhile with the woods and the small birds, and hear all the ways they have for saying. It's not that I want to write with their voices, but that they teach me in all their honesty to write with my own. Not a man's voice. Not a battlesong. Simply mine, grown from my own earth-coloured silence.
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