Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak Poem

You've probably heard the controversy over Laurie Halse Anderson's beautiful book, Speak, which is being called "soft porn" because it deals with teen rape. I leave the discussion of book banning to other blogs, since that's being amply chewed over everywhere. But I had to share this video of a poem Ms. Anderson wrote, based on letters she has received from readers of Speak. As usual, poetry says it more powerfully than regular words could ever.


  1. Is that not incredible? Is that not powerful? We should speak. We should listen.

  2. Wow, yeah. She blows me away. Hope you are well!


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