Friday, February 16, 2007


As a writer—and eavesdropper—I know that genius lives where the language lives. Some witness it, overhearing by chance. I eavesdrop professionally, because such listening makes life a perpetual feast, and because I’m not always smart enough to invent things as powerful as what I hear. Another way to say this: By listening to the glories of conversation around me, I am moved to write, and I am reminded to listen closely to my own most quiet thoughts and dreams. In their inventive talk, my wise neighbors give me permission to take seriously my own internal voice.
--Kim Stafford, The Muses Among Us, 17


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

So true. My challenge is to remember the wonderful things I hear people of all ages say. Perhaps this is a great purpose for my little electronic voice recorder gadget.

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