February 6, 2004

Last night, I remembered how it felt to be carried by the sound of a word. I was lifted by vowels, jolted by consonants and wooed by a poet’s breath. I attended a reading by Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate, and it moved me. I didn’t realize how much it moved me until this morning, when I woke up with words buzzing and sounds swarming inside my head.


Any body can die, evidently. Few
Go happily, irradiating joy,

Knowledge, love. Many
Need oblivion, painkillers,
Quickest respite.

Sweet time unafflicted,
Various world:

X=your zenith.

–Robert Pinsky

I have not always wanted to be a writer. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina, a teacher, a doctor, a fashion designer, an interior designer and a candy shop owner. I didn’t devour books like many writers I know, and I don’t even have a childhood favorite.

But sometime between then and now, I fell in love with the written word. That love spun me into a whirlwind adventure of sentence diagrams and teen magazines and journalism school and personal web sites and pretzel alphabets and Boggle.

I still do not read nearly as much as I wish I did, and I am not yet ready to write my Great American Novel, but I will always have a spot in my heart for words. The homepage of my first web site read: “When you use words every day it’s hard to make them count, but I try.” And I do. I try.


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