What the Writer Presumes to Want

A clipping from The Gloria Anzaldua Reader (1), this one entitled “The New Speakers.” I know this will connect with many fellow writers.

“But what we want
– what we presume to want –
is to see our words engraved
on the people’s faces,
feel our words catalyze
emotions in their lives.
What we want is to become part of the common consumption
like coffee with morning paper.

We don’t want to be
Stars but parts
of constellations.”

(1). Edited by AnaLouise Keating. If you haven’t read Gloria Anzaldua, lovers of poetry and writing, what are you waiting for?

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