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Poetics: Arnie Quibranza Mejia

Poetics: Arnie Quibranza Mejia

“What I Write, How, and Why?”

 

My writing life was born the day my first lover died. I was 25 years old, in the pink of health, and felt that the future stretched infinitely before me. The trauma of seeing Ansel die at such a young age jolted me into the realization that life is fragile and may end anytime. That propelled me to start writing down memories of my life with Ansel, to capture them on paper before they dissolved beyond recollection. I was in deep grief over his passing and recalling the special moments we shared helped me get over my despair, assuring me that he was real, and what we had was real. Writing began as therapy: writing about how I felt when we first met and the holidays we shared began the healing process.

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