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March 03, 2012

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Dear diary: The body and blood of the mother... the onliest (and ongoing) sacrifice and communion of flesh, blood and mystery....no one gets here without passing through it...

I love this post. Very perceptive. What you say about the diary entry as allowing for extended thought that doesn't necessarily go or lead anywhere, and which creates or writes the self -- this seems important. I find that most/many of the poems I write grow out of a journal entry, to one degree or another, and I think that's why. Extended thought and associative sentences and dwelling in that open-ended, for-its-own-sakeness rhythm. I'd love to teach (or take!) a course on women writers' journals as a form...

I really enjoyed this post- definitely my favorite of the week. Nin's diaries are always so perceptive and intriguing. I'll need to check out violette leduc.
Another french fave of mine is Marguerite Duras. I'm glad to know you, too, wrote about your expierence with the diary as a genre of sorts.

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