Words are powerful. I like words that stomp and stare and crush and collapse and boogie and bang and scream and squeal and laugh and croak and crackle and twirl. In the kitchen with my mother and my grandmother I collided with words that scald and burn and blister and broil and and simmer and fry and roast and steam and knead. I like hunky-dory words and okey-dokey words and diddly-squat words.I’m drawn to nonsensical words such as razzle-dazzle, phony baloney, and hanky panky. I like words that don’t give a hoot. I like ain’t and reckon and holy moses. I like sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, and straitlaced words. I like holy ghost words and sanctified words. I like lord have mercy, kiss my ass, and go to hell. I like words that speak in tongues and pull down the spirit. I like words that smell of honeysuckle and rain, words that carry the scent of my daughter’s shampoo and my son’s cologne. I like words that coo and suckle and babble. I’m a woman who writes, and I like words.
~~~ Brenda Sutton Rose
Brenda Sutton Rose
Brenda’s poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in Flycatcher Magazine, Mobius: Journal of Social Change, Montucky Review, Muddy River Review, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Ginosko Literary Magazine, Pegasus, and numerous other online and print journals. She is the author of Dogwood Blues, a novel that earned her a reputation as a writer of southern fiction with a love and understanding of place and landscape. Brenda was nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2015. She is currently working on her second novel.
Brenda leads writing workshops and speaks at book clubs and related events. Her email is email@example.com.
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