“I haven’t got the words”…

Free Expression Matters. Here’s this, with which I begin every writing class I teach, and applicable to any art: “When we say ‘I haven’t got the words,’ the lack is not in the language nor in our emotional state, it is in the breakdown between the two. The poet heals that breakdown and not only for those who read poetry. If we want a living language, a language capable of expressing all that it is called upon to express in a vastly changing world, then we need men and women whose whole self is bound up in that work with words.”
-Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery

1 comment to “I haven’t got the words”…

  • Carla

    I read Jeanette’s essays many years ago – and loved them. When I tried her fiction, I found it more difficult to latch on to. Nonetheless, I think she is brilliant. Thanks for reminding me she is out there.

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