WRITING

Writing is visceral,
I feel it all in my body
and I write with my body.

For me, writing is a gesture of the body, a gesture of creativity, a working from the inside out. My feminism is grounded not in incorporeal abstraction but on corporeal realities. The material body is center and central. The body is the ground of thought. The body is text. Writing is not about being in your head... For me writing begins with the impulse to push boundaries, to shape ideas, and words that travel through the body echo in the mind into something that necer existed. The writing process is the same mysterious process that we use to make the world.

Gloria Anzaldúa, Luz En Lo Oscuro, Light in the Dark. Rewriting Identity, Spirituality and Reality.

Writing is visceral,  I feel it all in my body and I write with my body. It feels sacred and urgent all at once, as though in it is something just for me and something for the world too. During my undergrad, I told there is too much movement in my writing and I wondered what is it about whiteness that did not want to be moved? Jorge Goia, once said to me,  “You must move in the way you are being moved!” 

 

During my postgrad, I was told my writing was too poetic for being the ultimate school of thought – philosophy.  Even then, I knew as mama Audre Lorde said, “The white fathers told us: I think, therefore I am. The black mother within each of us – the poet – whispers in our dreams: I feel, therefore I can be free.”  

I write to move into myself, to move things, to make things unstuck, to make more space in a world designed to press us out of existing, to move things closer into connection, to expand possibility.



“The white fathers told us: I think, therefore I am. The black mother within each of us – the poet – whispers in our dreams: I feel, therefore I can be free.”  

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