According to Junot Diaz (and ok, a lot of other writers), world-building is important in all fiction writing. Actually, I’d expand that thought to all writing–and life.
Writers or not, we all are world builders. We choose between the couscous or the rice pilaf. We choose friends and lifemates. With every decision, we make our world.
Juan Felipe Herrera unveiled his project, la familia (the family), for his stint as our new U.S. Poet Laureate. La familia (the family) is a collaborative project open to all Americans to help in telling America’s (our) story.
World-building, if you will, and giving us all a part in it.
I’m excited about having a chance to be part of such a big thing. I want to dive in and add my voice to project…BUT I’m also afraid. Afraid my voice is too insignificant, my writing too juvenile. That I’m too…silly, somehow.
So I’ve decided to start on a small scale and locally (or as local as the internet and social media allows) to begin, InCollaboration, my own collaborative poem project with you. I invite you — poet and non-poet — to help me fashion a series of poems.
Together we’ll build a world.
I Often Feel Silly
It grabs on the point of waking
a previous night’s remark
or the moment of my birth.
In the middle of joyful dance
I become ankles, elbows,
After the echo of our lovemaking,
I cringe. There is no place, no
time, it is not. Even here–
my voice, now,
speaking to you.