“Don’t be downcast, soon the night will come,
When we can see the cool moon laughing in secret
Over the faint countryside,
And we rest, hand in hand.
Don’t be downcast, the time will soon come
When we can have rest. Our small crosses will stand
On the bright edge of the road together,
And rain fall, and snow fall,
And the winds come and go.”
–On a Journey, Herman Hesse
For my final project, I would like to construct the poetry compilation that reflects the feminine experience from multiple cultural perspectives, especially those that are regularly marginalized in America.
As I’ve been thinking about my audience, I have been reflecting on my high school experience with poetry. My Junior and Senior year of high school, I was on a committee that created a monthly poetry magazine comprised of poems submitted by students at the school. Over the course of publishing dozens of issues, I saw many poems— usually about dating, home life, people’s heroes and passions, comedy, and nature. There were even a few riveting poems about mental illness and LGBTQ rights. However, I don’t remember reading any poems that communicated multicultural experience— which was probably due to the fact that most of the students that went to my high school were from white, middle class families. I perceive this lack of representation and knowledge of other cultures as a problem, so I would like to compose this poetry collection for the students that attend my old high school.
Rough Draft points to include in “About Me”:
— Who am i? Name, background
— Talk about some things I am passionate about that relate to this blog: people, diversity, telling and hearing stories, traveling, fighting for unheard voices, exposing my own privilege and the powers that dominate over other people.
— Why poetry? Because it is art, it’s expressive, it allows people to be heard in a way that moves people— appeals deeply to the pathos. And it is so different from other forms of writing that people are used to engaging with.
— What is the purpose of this blog? I am in no way claiming to know the experiences of those who are not like me. The point is only to explore these experiences, to dig deeper into them and care enough about them to give pause, to reflect on them. I view myself and my platform of privilege as a camera that allows me to act as a lens through which to look at the world. My intention through this blog is to do that— to be a lens that lets people see multicultural experiences, to give voice to them without claiming to know them intimately.