"I write because I feel that living on words and the experiences they generate is an extra nourishment one can have other than just eating, sleeping, and living on."
For me, storytelling is the ability to share small, significant moments in a way that makes them intimate and immediate to whoever hears them.
"Having migrated to Australia at a young age, I was able to get a better understanding of who my parents were, where I’m from, and learn more about my culture through story telling. It has revealed another aspect of my identity to me, that I may have otherwise been unaware of."
"Facilitating exposes me to the creative juices of other people, and that informs and inspires my own writing. I see the whole mutable and organic mix as a community in which we’re all learning, rather than me being some kind of expert imparting knowledge. We all always have something to learn."
"Read the very best from the past but be aware of what is contemporaneous. That is where your practice lies. Don’t worry about posterity."
"The poets have an important role in shaping the future of humanity as they are the frontiers of human conscience."
"My father wrote letters to the editor. I write poems. I hope they have influenced people for the better."
"Telling stories is how I make sense of the world. When I look back, I can almost see myself trying to work through a sense of panic, or a sense of not understanding, or an old hurt."
"There is an imperfect fit between our perceptions, actuality, and articulation. Poetry for me fills up this gap or at least gives an identity to it."
"It's always better to let the poems soak the energy around and emerge as ripe, mature produce. Haste destroys its texture and taste."
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