Exploring Pain: Joan Wilking on “Too Soon”

May 30, 2014 § 1 Comment


wilkingJoan Wilking discusses the origins of her recent Brevity essay, “Too Soon“:

There are moments in life that follow you. They linger on the edges of your day-today, unexamined, never expressed, yet always there, a little ache that never goes away. So you learn to live with that hidden bit of pain until something occurs, which compels you to reach into yourself and make something more concrete out of it. In my case it was a death. That’s where my essay “Too Soon” comes from, that place of unspoken pain and probably a dose of guilt as well that writing and publishing the piece has forced me to examine while still trying to hold it close, even though it’s now out there in the world for anyone who cares to read.

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