Writing About The REAL: Earthquake in Japan
Caroline Bock - Author of BEFORE MY EYES and LIE
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Writing About The REAL: Earthquake in Japan

Monday morning and all I can keep thinking about is the number: 8.9 -- the Richter scale number for the earthquake that happened this past Friday.   Nuclear meltdown a possibility.   More earthquakes.  More tsunamis. (once they were called 'tidal waves' but since they have nothing to do with tides the name as evolved into something more exotic and frightening). How to write about this?  How long will it take for poetry or fiction to appear?  I often wonder how long does something need to bake in the imagination for it to re-appear as something that feels true in a different way, in a way that illuminates what happens, that yes, makes us remember.  Makes us say: we will never forget.  Or, are somethings better written about because we are in danger of forgetting, we will ourselves to forget, we have too much to do, too much to hold onto, to much to remember anything and that's why we need to write, sooner rather than later?   There will always be time for later.  But write while things are raw.  Yes, I'm talking about LIE, I wrote, with a rawness, because I didn't want to forget my outrage.  I don't think the Japanese will soon forget this earthquake.  I wait for the fiction and the poetry about it all to strike us.


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