Mariahadessa Ekere TallieDear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation

Grand Concourse Press, 2015

by Jen Fitzgerald on August 7, 2015

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Poetry is far more than crafting verse. Poetry is a way of thought and a way of being. It seeps into every aspect of a poet's life only to reveal that it is the life that seeped into poetry. In a series of letters penned to "Continuum," Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie offers hard won wisdom and a glimpse at an ideal. She takes "Continuum" and the reader through her journey of discovery and coming into being as an artist.
"Dear Continuum" is about access; access to mentorship, access to reading lists, access to doubt, and discovery. There was a tangible need within the community for a book like this. It was quite literally asked for, and Tallie answered that call.

I would like to think that we poets are the "Continuum," or that it exists on a different plane of being, one that can be tapped into, just as we do with poetry. The states of birth, coming to being, death and rebirth are as infinite as art–are part of the continuum.

In the poet's own words:

"When life threatens to shatter you and rip your illusions to shreds, write. When you are distracted by romance, write. When you are consumed by heartache, write. When you are rejoicing, grieving, questioning, certain, write. Life itself will give you a chance to feel everything. I've never set a fire to feel the flames singe me. I already know the flames will come. So will water."

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