Workshop Series #8: Speculative Fiction & A Hope for Some Place Better
It was poetry that taught me what it meant to imagine a world better than this one.
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For much of my life, I survived by daydreaming. My writer’s heart was born, first, from the deep and integral longing I felt as a child – as far back as I can remember.
I started writing by writing what was objectively true – the Spring I spent in the mental hospital, being 16 and visiting my brother in a maximum security prison, loving a deeply unwell father. All these stories, these memories, these facts I could reach to like memories in a Rolodex.
It was poetry that taught me what it meant to imagine a world better than this one. Today’s poem taught me how to imagine someplace better, and I hope it can help you imagine someplace better, too.
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