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.

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