in the garden
July 24, 2018 — By elsa

song of ourself: voices in unison

Grateful to be part of this amazing anthology … you can download it for free! “Inspired by their participation in a writing course led by acclaimed author Martha Beck in 2017, 138 individuals from around the world came together to assemble an anthology of their work—searingly personal and soaringly universal—that, as a whole, offers a rich portrait […]

Grateful to be part of this amazing anthology … you can download it for free!

“Inspired by their participation in a writing course led by acclaimed author Martha Beck in 2017, 138 individuals from around the world came together to assemble an anthology of their work—searingly personal and soaringly universal—that, as a whole, offers a rich portrait of the lived human experience. Song of Ourself: Voices in Unison is a diary of empowerment, a guidebook to overcoming strife, an ode to the overlooked, and more than anything else, a friend to any reader in need. Arranged into stages of Awakening, Becoming, and Connecting, the voices united here discover and embrace their truest identities, embody the courage needed to help buoy us through life’s hurdles, and celebrate the communality of being. As the title suggests, this collection traces the transformation from the individuality of “myself” to the shared reciprocity of “ourself,” proposing an ideal of oneness and the paradigm shift necessary to attaining it. At times heart wrenching, hilarious, and lyrically sublime, Song of Ourself stands as a testament to the power of words to effect personal, interpersonal, and collective change”. – DANIELLE E. FOURNIER

My piece ‘Out of Exile’ is the 3rd to the last. Here it is for you:

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Out of Exile

So you know how when you dive into the lake and you become me/he and you swim down and it becomes sea and you notice there’s a black snake accompanying you/me and we land in the desert and are climbing a dune and are met by the Elder/he and turn to see the Sphinx/she and walk towards her and he/you/me enter a cavernous room and you/me/he start to dance with the snake to a drum that quiets the earth and she/you/me enters through he and how now we sit on the dome of the world you/me and he holding a raven haired she surveying the exile and she/you/me says to he I will be the last to leave. And we/me/you/he and a black snake we return to she with the Elder’s blessing I love you/her/me. That!