I’ve been fortunate enough to join a poetry group via a few friends on Twitter. In two short months, I’ve read poetry collections that have buried themselves in my soul. C. D. Wright’s One With Others is a what the writer herself defines as a “hybrid form.” Wright artfully and gracefully weaves news reports, interviews, stories, and personal experience into a collection that breathes the history of her mentor, V, and the Civil Rights movement in Arkansas. I don’t know that I will ever read a book that will move me more than this one. In the video below she talks a little about One With Others and reads a few of my favorite passages:
In arriving at the section in the book detailing the students walking to the all-white school and bravely linking arms together while singing “Like A Tree Planted by the Water,” I stopped to google the song because I couldn’t recall ever hearing it. After listening to the video below, I sat in silence with an aching yet hopeful heart. There are so many things we never learn in history class, and I am forever grateful for C. D. Wright and her poetry that articulates “the cruel radiance of what is.”
What is the most important book you feel you’ve read in your life and why did it touch you as it did?