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”. 


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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