No more special than others.

          As many of you may know; I am a student currently attending Mount Mercy University. I am enrolled in a class called Writing & Analysis. In this class we look through several poems and tear them apart trying to find the true meaning beyond the words. This opens up a new light on the writing we have been assigned and gives each student a better understanding when reading future pieces. While taking this class, I had the chance to attend a Q & A with the writer Abeyta. This great opportunity has helped me view his writing and other pieces in a different light. It taught me about the writing process; showing other students and I that there are several different ways that authors create their works of art. Whether this be writing letters like Abeyta or writing everything that occurs in their given day. I was fascinated to hear that he had never been the outstanding student and that he wasn’t raised in a wealthy family. Now that I have a better understanding of his history it has given me a greater appreciation for his work and a deeper connection with the words. Abeyta’s favorite words that he had said during the Q & A were “writing is to be able to communicate and to communicate is to live”. I endear those words because I believe that it is all true. There is no such thing of living in my eyes if there is a lack of communication. After listening to Abeyta answer the questions that students had asked, it has given me a better understanding why he writes poems instead of books or journals. It has helped me relate on a deeper level because I now have knowledge that he is like you and I. He wanted his audience to know that he is no different or more “special” than others. He grew up in a similar situation to many. With a better understanding of the author his writing has struck me in a different way. I would not say it has changed me but it has opened my eyes to the story beyond the words. It does “save lives”. 

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10 thoughts on “No more special than others.

  1. I agree that it saves lives. I went to the reading and he talked about how he wanted to help people out that may not be heard otherwise. This seemed great for some people because I think some people would not be heard otherwise. Some people may not want to be heard even, but Abeyta makes them heard. In one of his readings, he said a quote that was, “if you have ever sat invisible in a classroom” which may speak to a lot of people, especially someone who is shy. So I do agree that it can save lives and can make lives better!

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  2. Yes! I agree it was a relief to know that abeyta, too, struggled with English writing. His wife even suggested he take a Creative Writing course to improve his skills! I liked hearing about his process for writing, beginning with letters. I wrote about how this made the poems personal, as if they were a conversation. I especially like how he places so much importance on literature as art. I agree “it saves lives”!

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  3. I wish I could have attended his Q&A, but was only able to attend his reading. We were able to ask questions the last 15 mins, where he also shared some of this information. I loved that he said his writings saved lives. I thought at first he meant literally but then understood that he meant that he saved the lives of the people who would otherwise be forgotten by writing about them.

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  4. Your post gave me a new look on the meeting. I liked how you said that there is no such thing of living if there is a lack of communication, this stood out to me because if there is a lack of communication then there is always room for confusion and lost messages.

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  5. It is refreshing to hear that someone who is so obviously talented, was not necessarily a good student or given special treatment that helped them succeed. In this light I think he gives hope to all of us students and future writers not to give up. I really like the quote you had from him about writing is about communicating and communicating is about living. It is such a true statement!

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  6. I agree that Abeyta showed us that there is more than one way of writing. I found it interesting that he said that 95% of his pieces start out as letters. I never thought that someone could create a poem out of a letter. It is amazing that he is able to pull out every important piece in his letters and create the powerful poems he does.

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  7. In total agreement, when i listened to him speak i could understand where he came from, where his passion was rested. i felt some form of sincerity some form of genuineness as he spoke and read his poems.

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  8. It’s very intersting the thing that stood out for you such as his personality and history. Out of curiosity, after reading your comment “that he wasn’t raised in a wealthy family” did you grow up with or without a wealthy family? And if you didn’t grow uo in a wealthy famioy does this help you connect more with thewriting? Seems as if the connection you had with him was based around you being able to relate to him.

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  9. I, too, learned about the different aspects that come with writing, and I think reading some of Abeyta’s work inspires many people in their style of writing. I loved that he was so open when he gave explanations to some of his work. I loved listening to the way he spoke too, it felt completely truthful too, not just scripted.

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