that writing literature is like the same as holding a conversation. When you write poems or stories or essays, you talk to the lay reader and to the academy, the intended audience and the critics. Perhaps most importantly, when you write you contact posterity directly. Call her up on the phone and text her on twitter asking to speak to your ancestors, your slain great-great-great grandfathers and your successful great-great-great grandsons at the same time.
I want to talk to Baldwin and Watkins Harper, in particular.
This morning I realized that if I'm going to speak up at all, I better speak up right now. There are so many gifted men and women -- black men and black women waiting to be heard.
They love the same novels as me; they revere the same poems. They went to the same schools as me; they suffer the same grievances. They are me.
This morning I realized, now is as good of a time as any to write
All I have is today.