On her personal blog today, Leona Wisoker shares What We Ache For: a post named after a book that encapsulates for her the importance of rising above the mundane and mechanical to tease out the profound ideas waiting for someone to bring them to light. Here’s a taste of what she says:
My writing has been accused of “suffering from an emphasis on the poetic,” a criticism I am still struggling to understand; I am baffled that any writing could suffer from being poetic.
Oh, to be afflicted with meaning; to challenge the reader to open her mind and soul and discover what lies within, to admit ideas so large that one must sit down in order to absorb them lest we topple to the floor. How terrible to live in that tiny segment of the world that needs these things like others need food.
Not terrible at all. That need is the reason I get out of bed in the morning. It is the reason Mercury Retrograde Press exists. Write fiction for the lowest common denominator if you must, read it if you will, and all the blessings of the universe on your efforts. But that’s not what we’re doing here.
We ache for more.