My favorite blogs open windows into the lives of other people, especially other women, other creative types, and people in other places. The blogger of The Glass Bangle fits all three categories: she’s a poet and writer who lives in South India. She just nominated me for the “3 Days, 3 Quotes” challenge, and I’m happy to oblige.
Well, OK, first I panicked because not a single quote came to mind, then a moment later my mind was so flooded with possibilities that I couldn’t pick one.
Then my hand reached for A Muriel Rukeyser Reader on my poetry shelf. Rukeyser’s poems are deep and demanding and beautiful. The lines I’ve decided to quote will be familiar to many, especially feminists of the second wave, but they remain fresh — and challenging. They also explain why I love reading blogs.
What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open
from “Kathe Kollwitz”
The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms.
from “The Speed of Darkness”
For more about Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980), check this out.