Today is inauguration day and the link is to an article by inaugural poet Richard Blanco. He talks about how the verbal abuses of his grandmother influenced his life and writing.
This article moved me so deeply. It’s not just about a man coming to terms with his sexual orientation, but why writers write what they write. How our lives shape who we are, shape how we reflect the world back to others.
Excerpt – “Through the years and to this day I continue unraveling how that abuse affected my personality, my relationships, and my writing. I write, not in the light of Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, or Elizabeth Bishop, but in the shadow of my grandmother–a homophobic woman with only a sixth-grade education–who has exerted (and still exerts) the most influence on my development as a writer.”