I’ve published two pieces in the past few days: a poem on the website Poets Reading the News, and a raw ‘assay’ into my own history of sexual assault, on my Medium page. I was already tired of holding on so tightly to my story, and have written about it elsewhere, in an oblique, intellectualizing sort of way. But the wave of honest stories and of bottled-up rage, flowing in the wake of the Ford/Kavanaugh hearings, finally pulled this version forward. It may not seem very “Still Life,” but it’s the truth I needed to speak. It may be hard to read.
It’s a raw and challenging time right now. However you hold or release your stories, know that you are part of the harrowing, promising cultural shift we are moving through, we need to move through.