Collectors Of The Good Words

by Aaron Brown August 01, 2010

[D]avid Dark is a man whose words have captured me over the past year. I was first pointed to him via a killer profile of David Bazan that was published last summer in the Chicago Reader. Through that article I found Dark's Twitter account and subsequently his blog and subsequently/a couple months ago this bit of audio: Collectors of Good Words Every form of art—every community for that matter—has its condemners. The voices that say you must be into "x" in order to understand things. The voices can be people. The voices can be pieces that have been created by those people. The voices can be things inside our own hearts & heads. But the best things about the condemners is that we can let them go and lock them out. Instead of listening to the voices, we can pay attention to the things pointing to or loudly blaring the Kingdom. In David Dark's case, the thing he listens to is literature. The classics. Instead of letting the condemers rule us, we can be Collectors Of The Good Words. I capitalize that as a proper title because I think it is a proper title that is freely given to us as members of God's family. To say much else would be to repeat more of what Mr. Dark said instead of allowing some good conversation to begin. The convo shall start now and we will allow each other to expand the space of the Talkaboutable. We will allow ourselves to be witness to Cosmic Plainspeak and what it might point us towards.


Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown

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In addition to having work previously in Ruminate, Aaron Brown has been published in Transition, Tupelo Quarterly, Portland Review, and Cimarron Review, among others. He is the author of Winnower (Wipf & Stock, 2013) and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. An MFA graduate from the University of Maryland, Aaron lives with his wife Melinda in Sterling, Kansas, where he is an assistant professor of writing and editing at Sterling College. More can be found at http://www.aaronbrownwriter.com



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