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An Exercise in Longing

Submitted by on May 28, 2009 – 5:00 amNo Comment

journal writingLonging is the price of distance/travel/migration…the bicultural life.   You can’t dissipate it, but you can channel it.

Isabel Allende writes in the introduction to her book Mi Pais Inventado that she writes “as a constant exercise in longing.” This is how, and why, I write, too.  I can start a piece just by remembering, by sighing.

And I think anyone that has ever left a place they loved can relate to this; it’s like leaving a loved one, except the hole in your heart is shaped after a particular geography. You can’t help but do something about it, not as a solution, as a matter of returning, but as a way of making sense of those memories.

And of the perspective that come after, when you have crossed borders and your identity has widened.

Isabel y yo escribimos.  Y tú?

Hoy grab that journal you’ve left blank and hidden in your desk drawer.  Put pen to paper, sigh, begin.  Pruébalo.


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