When people ask who my favorite poets are Toni Morrison always, always leads the list. It was her novel “The Bluest Eye” where I discovered language, poetry for the first time. I was a sophomore in college when I read it. I didn’t choose it on my own because I had never heard of Toni Morrison until then. It was assigned reading, alongside many other novels, but this novel is the only one I can recall that year.
It was Toni Morrison who taught me that every word is a type of apple. Language an orchard. That behind every garden that ever flourished was intention and diligence and nurture and patience.
Her work was an eden.
Every book I have read by Morrison I have been blown away at the mastery of her storytelling. Her ability to steer and anchor with language, the way she can give enormous depth to her characters with such brevity, and how she commands the reader to really examine horrendous moments of our past.
Toni Morrison’s work was more than a gift; it was a blessing. Although such grace and brilliance may have left in the flesh today her stories will live on eternally, and that within itself is quite the miracle. “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” ― Toni Morrison
About to depart on a 4 day trek deep into the Colombian jungle. It is 7 to 10hrs a day hiking through former cartel land now officially taken over by mosquito militias. I am armed with all the western sunscreen and bug repellent one could possibly own. I know I look not very enthused but I'm actually pumped! Just a little bummed there wasn't enough room in my bag to bring my book. But at least I've got underwear & SPF 80 ;)🤪💯🤷♂️🦟🌴
You know you are in South America when the bus breaks down. At least once. And there is cattle around. #vivacolombia #journeynotdestination #everonward
See ya soon Colombia! And when I say soon I mean in like 12hrs. Get ready to get stuck with us for the next month! Buena Suerte! 🤸♀️💯🙌
Looking so ferocious & proud. Or like a goober, because it is thundering and he is out there trying to fight the weathergods by barking after each rumble lol. #maximusthegreatdane #greatdanelife #texasrain #happyfriday #dogsofinstagram
Being up @ 2am to get ready for your 5am flight is never fun:/ But do you know what is...? POETRY!!! Which is why I'm here:) See you in a few @Fairmont State University! #poetrytravel #earlybird #poetrytour
Here is Maximus giving me the cold shoulder because he hates having his photo taken lol. I just got his teeth cleaned, nails clipped, and is freshly bathed so I was trying to show off how handsome he is. The dude is so big I can barely get us both in the frame! #maximusthegreatdane #greatdanelife #greatdanesofinstagram
#MemoryMonday to that time my lady and I went camping in #bigbendnationalpark & stumbled across wild horses & an oceans worth of bluebonnets. #natureexploring #wildhorses #texasspring #adventure #camping #hiking
My bag was exactly 2 beers overweight soooo.... I guess I gotta drink them🤷♂️🍻🙃 #beernerd #ncbeers #wheninrome
Bringing all my gay to this straight southern wedding! 🌈🎯🌈#giddyup
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