The freedom of external structure

Responding to weekly visual prompts from the Paris Collage Collective has been productive in all the usual ways that prompts inspire. Here’s an image. Run with it. In writing sessions, it can be amazing to see what happens when you write for twenty minutes starting with the line, say, so much depended on or the ocean called her.

More specifically, the PCC challenge is freeing because I can run with pictures of black men and women in a way I might not were it a choice of mine. There’s a big footnote there that isn’t for today, but think: appropriation.

Since race and racism are central preoccupations of mine, I have OTHER images and ideas that want inclusion. Ideas flow. I don’t think I can adequately describe how liberating this has been.