Wise Words: Sharon Olds

Whenever we give our pen some free will, we may surprise ourselves. All that wanting to seem normal in real life, all that fitting in falls away in the face of one’s own strange self on the page. … Writing or making anything – a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake – has self-respect in it. You’re working. You’re trying. You’re not lying down on the ground, having given up.