Wednesday, December 11, 2013

more beautiful

Still from Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust"
Barry Lopez

Loved listening to this audio segment on place at Prairie Schooner while cooking chicken sauté this morning. Featuring the gentle, lilting and whip-smart voices of Barry Lopez and Julie Dash.

From the venerably wise Lopez: I think now as a writer it's very important... to say without reservation that something is beautiful....It is cynicism and detachment that have created a world that is killing us. To be engaged with the world you have to understand that it's darker than you think and also more beautiful.  And the tension between those two things is where hope is.

Both darker and more beautiful than you think--a good place to set my heart this cold yet sun-lit morning.