“Of course we need art to explore the darkest recesses of our lives and minds, but we also need art to tell us why this world is worth loving and therefore saving. Praise too is part of any whole artistic and existential vision. Joy is one kind of courage.”
– Christian Wiman
Do you listen to podcasts? I’m mildly addicted. One podcast I’ve fallen in love with is The Habit Podcast, a conversation with writers about writing, produced by The Rabbit Room. Today’s quote appeared in episode 11, during Jonathan Roger’s interview with Karen Swallow Prior. I listened to the episode yesterday on my way to work, and it was exactly what my soul needed. That last little bit has stuck fast in my head—joy is one kind of courage. Today, I choose to be brave. Will you join me?
“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things– childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves– that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.”
It’s been an exciting week in the blogging-sphere. The Starlit Forest turns 1 year old this month, I took part in my first blog tour, am working on my first guest blog post, and just reached 100 followers. (Cue confetti explosions and victorious theme music). And if there is one thing I’ve learned in my first year of blogging, it’s that blogging takes work. Real work. It’s work to sit down and commit to posting a certain number of times a week. I’ve also come to realize that I am a trifle disorganized. In light of this, I will be adding a little more structure to the type and frequency of my blogposts, to help keep myself accountable, and to ultimately provide more reading content. So then! With all that being said, Mondays will be reserved for WIP excerpts and random writing snippets, Wednesdays will be devoted to quotes (because who doesn’t love a good quote or two), and the weekend to poetry.
To start it all off, because today is Wednesday after all, here is one of my favorite quotes concerning both art and poetry: