Saturday, September 02, 2006

Quotes for Wild Women Writers

"Women must learn the self-love, the self idealizing, the self mythologizing that has made it possible for men to think of themselves as persons." (Intro to Rising Tides)

"There are legions who're singing sweet, hitting all the expected notes at the right intervals. But how to hit the wrong notes because that's where the feeling takes you...the meaningfulness and intensity of this kind of struggle in the writing can't be carried by artifice." Tess Gallagher.

"Without mirrors, the self does not exist." (a woman writer has to read somewhere or write who she is, a real identity other than the false image projected of how/what you are). Margaret Atwood

"Menopause is a metamorphosis, like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. The caterpillar needs a cocoon, and sodo you. One of the most important things you can do during menopause is to take time for you. Go into your cave, go into your cocoon, go into your room and shut the door." Susun Weed

On the edge of chaos, your conscious mind is not as functional - there are too many conflicting impulses, lack of clarity and confusion. Check in with the breath, let the sand settle, come inside, like being deep underwater during a storm. You find you can breathe down here oddly enough, and you look up and see storm clouds, flashes of sunlight, waves and seaweed overhead. Deep in the calm belly of the sea, in that womb-like space, you float freely. No roots, no fear of falling, you are held safe and warm, in the rhythmic pulse of life, breathing in and out. You slow down your heartbeat to this rhythm. Now, your body is your pen--what is it you want to write? (myself)

1 comment:

Denise Torres said...

Dear Jennifer,

I want to thank you so much for posting your 9/2/2006 journal entry "Quotes for Wild Women Writers," and in particular your words at the end. They are both an inspiration and a beckoning. Hard to resist!

I'm teaching a class on Transitions and Transformation in Davis, CA, this Sunday, and with your permission (and crediting you and your website) I would like to use small portion of your entry as a meditation that would end with your words, "Deep in the calm belly ..." and finish to the end. From here participants will be creating a Mandala. I would be glad to share the classes' experience with your words afterwards, if you're interested. I can be reached at Thank you in advance!


Denise Torres, MA