Saturday, January 22, 2011

You CAN Take it With You

I'm fond of a few literary journals that I keep around the apartment for whenever I have the inclination to pick one up and read. An Atlanta Review from 2006 begins with three pieces by writer Margaret Holley. This past summer, as we prepared my mother's house to be sold after she'd lived there for thirty years, I happened to read Holley's poem, entitled "Moving Out." Considering the circumstances of that time--walkthroughs by the building inspector, an estate sale, Mom's things packed in boxes--reading the poem was, indeed, timely.

Though physically and emotionally trying for Mom, my sister and me (It had been our home, too, where our late father's handiwork is visible in every room), the move and Holley's poem inspired a readers' poll here at Blast Furnace for the Spring issue: the question being "What theme would you like to see in the next edition?" Half of those who voted chose moving out.

While submitters may send work for consideration that is quite literally about moving out of a home, apartment, office, etc., we also like thinkers outside of that box, and welcome variations on the moving out theme: A worker moving out of a job. A convoy moving out of a truck stop. Troops moving out of a jungle or desert. Nomads moving out of a land. Depending on individual circumstances, moving out could have completely different context from one person to the next.

Perhaps the theme's common thread is, though we can't take all of the tangible things with us, we do keep the important stuff: vivid images alive in vibrant thoughts and hearts.

As writers, we preserve it for posterity when we put it on paper, type it on a computer, submit it, maybe for the glory of seeing it in print, but I believe it goes deeper than that. We desire validation, and more importantly, connection (often across generations), the way my dad did when he created his masterpiece inside and around the three-bedroom brick dwelling on East Oliver Street.

- R. Clever, Editor/Publisher

1 comment:

  1. Moving Out is a brilliant theme, Rebecca.

    Reading about it made me think of my beloved Montaigne's essay on Solitude. And when I looked it up between that last sentence and this one, I was surprised to find those exact words: "Since God gives us leisure (later in life)to make arrangements for moving out, let us make them; let us pack our bags; let us take an early leave of the company; let us break free from the violent clutches that engage us elsewhere and draw us away from ourselves. We must untie these bonds that are so powerful, and henceforth love this and that, but be wedded only to ourselves... The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself."

    He kind of bumps into the Zen idea of Non-Attachment here.

    Can't wait to read the poems. Keep up the good work! -- Paul Hertneky