The way in is not always straightforward. Truth appears and disappears under cover. Doorways have to be found—or created. Definitions presented. Still, words do not breach the distance between what is and what can be known. Poetry and science surge from the same source, seeking what cannot be seen or felt, unearthing strata of significance buried within a single observation, or word. Differences between words blur. (Consider “tool” and “weapon.” Does the truth ever not hurt?) Language conceals as much as it reveals, a renewable resource of morphing meaning. Sometimes the only way to understand something is to assemble fragments and hold them up to the light.

Emily Withnall

(Super apt quote after re-watching Arrival last night!)

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  1. Kristan September 25, 2017 12:32 pm

    “Sometimes the only way to understand something is to assemble fragments and hold them up to the light.”

    Love that so much!!

    TBH I feel like that’s what I am always doing with my stories/essays. Not in a “grand artiste” way. More in a “person trying to make sense of things for herself” way.

    Also, haha, I totally thought about Arrival when I started reading this quote. As a mom, that movie was really tough.

    • Rose Kuo September 26, 2017 12:42 pm

      I 100% agree. Actually I was listening to On Being or some other podcast and they quoted Cheryl Strayed (hah): “I write to get to a deeper truth.”

      Sometimes I feel wrenched with conflict about what I write — lots of secondary feelings about it. aka: Do I sound too sad? Do I sound emo? (oh man, the LiveJournal days…) but I’m trying to remove the secondary feelings and just write what I need to figure out. Really that’s the point of writing every day for me, is to process things and “assemble the fragments” of life.

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