We live in a world where writing ages like wine. Sometimes it takes years or even centuries to mature.
But if history has shown us one thing, it is the merit of writers who spoke the language of the people. Who have taken poetry out of the shadows and into the light.
Writers and poets who are ahead of their time.
They are the ones whose works will endure.
—Lang Leav, Writers and Poets—
This is not the first time my Writer’s Quote Wednesday has featured Lang Leav, and it will not be the last. Lang has a way of writing that speaks to my heart, like an old friend who understands what I’m thinking and feeling without my needing to say any of it out loud.
Lang shared this piece on her twitter recently, and it’s uncanny the way she knew this was what I needed to read. I’ve been struggling with my writing—as passionate as I am about it, writing never seems to come easily for me. I struggle to carve time to write in the first place, and when I finally sit down to write, my perfectionist ways get in the way of completing even the simplest poem. But I’d like to think that I am someone who has taken poetry out of the shadows and into the light, and at the same time, that poetry has taken me out of the shadows and into the light, even if the light flickers from time to time.
Do you have any Lang Leav favorites? Or any other favorite modern poets? Please share your loves in the comments!