Why do I read? Reading is a legacy that can open the borders of one’s own lived experience. Reading helps us feel and think and witness outside of our selves. One returns to the self, always, but in reading, one has the opportunity to be always returning differently—to be synthesizing otherness with sameness in an ongoing effort to be responsive to the world. I like to read the same books repeatedly through the course of my life. It is never the same experience. Reading catches us in the progress of our life and tells us we do and don’t know.
Sarah Gridley is a poet and literature professor.
Sarah Gridley is the author of three collections of poetry: Weather Eye Open and Green is the Orator, both from the University of California Press, and most recently, Loom, winner of the Omnidawn Open Poetry prize.
You can find some of her work online at the Academy of America poets here.
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