photo by swb
Decades before
I knew
to name poetica -
or myself poet -
I swooned
countless hours
in birch shade

in perfumed sweetness
from modest blooms
arced over me -
moss-cushioned, prone -
to slight breeze
as, it seemed, 
to me

their dizzying scent
the young air of spring
transports me back
to childhood,  
an ease
I now know
to name

swb 5.23

why women write

The boundaries of what has been considered the feminine world are systematically revised and refigured through our story-telling and the creation of our own narratives.

photo from incarcerated women's writing group, VT

writing inside VT;
credit – burlington free press

And isn’t that precisely the point?!!! We write to connect to one another, affirm our experience, learn that we are not alone in our life, our world. This age-old snarl of women’s words, women’s experience, women’s history continues to tangle and unwind year by year. Writing by writing. Woman by woman.

So let the unwinding begin with words  from Gina Barreca:

Women write from a commitment to the idea that words, as much as actions, have consequences.  Naming—defining the world through words—has power over the universe and draws the universe into every life.  Women have a particular and complex relationship to language; because they have for so long been barred from acting on their ambitions or rebellions, they have turned to language as a way of dealing with and influencing the world.

We create, construct and tell our stories to own them.

What are some of the reasons YOU write? Please share in the comments, below.