Shelly Lowenkopf asked everybody in the writing workshop to consider overnight a series of questions, and return in the morning with the answers.
One, what do you want?
Two, what part of the cathedral do you come from?
Three why do you write?
I wasn’t entirely sure that I heard the second question correctly, but I decided I didn’t care, that it was too good a question to chance my having heard it wrong and getting a correction. So here are my answers.
One, I want power to make people see and feel – thus to change their thinking – to change their acts.
Two, I come from a dark part of the cathedral which is why I know light when I see it.
Three, I want my love for certain things to make a goddamned difference.
The workshop happened a couple of years ago, but I am content with these answers today.