The Writer-Reader Relationship

by Starla J. King on May 30, 2013

The Poet

Steeped
in the juice
of a thousands words
I soak my cells in her story
the one I make up
between her lines
of poetry
and it’s not until I reach
the end,
with my own request for happily every after,
that I see so much of the story’s
mine
draped through the arms
of her letters
as we walk through the poem again
together.

I received my copy today of Ushi Patel’s book of poems, Brave the Unknown, and her words immediately captivated me.  It was that wonderful conflicting experience of wanting to savor each word luxuriously & deeply, yet moving quickly through, unable to resist the lure of what was waiting on the next page… and the next… and the next.  That mystical pull that I typically feel when reading Rumi, or Hafiz… or now, Ushi.

I realized anew that the relationship between writer and reader is a sacred one, for in reading another’s words, or writing words for another to read, we often find ourselves — and realize that perhaps we’re not alone after all.

What we write is an offering not only to ourselves, but to our readers.  And what we read is an offering not only to ourselves, but to the writers.  The creative expression cycle is an ongoing act of giving and receiving, mirroring and honoring ourselves in the other… a sacred relationship.

Read <-> Write <-> Connect.

 

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Ros May 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

Love your insights, Starla.
Sacred, yes, and mysterious.
: – ) hugs.

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Starla J. King June 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

Ah, yes, Ros… and mysterious indeed. No matter what the subject matter or form of the writing.

xo

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tina burkholder June 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

Oh yes, Starla – so well described. Your openness to others’ creativity continues to inspire me. And I love reading your words.

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