Went to a poetry and prose reading tonight at an intimate downtown theater. The writers read from their works that had been recently published in the Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain Park. The themes overlapped, metaphors spun around, words took flight, and even humor emerged. What a power comes flowing out of crafted words in a small, shared space. Language is how humans communicate together, and creative language focusing on the natural world is especially wonder-provoking. Words startle, enhance, and challenge personal insights of the world similar to how art can change and enhance its beauty. When you go out the door after a show, you feel differently in subtle ways and you’re glad you were present there. Don’t you sometimes wonder about how language came to be so fascinating, and diverse? Do you ever consider the many beautiful ways to write sounds? Do you ever ponder why English spelling is often so confusing, why Russian uses some Greek letters in its alphabet, or why Arabic is similar to Hebrew but Farci and Urdu isn’t? How does communication and writing change over time? I continue to remain curious about the rich fields of language on the earth. One of the speakers said that curiosity is perhaps the best part of love, because when you love something you want to learn more about it. When you are interested in communication and language, you’re also interested in people, because language is how people think together.
Is there any language or any question about language and communication that makes you curious?