I like to think this isn't necessarily the only type of writing or art that can create change. Maybe I like to think so because it isn't always the type of writing that I do. So I like to think that even when I'm not addressing social issues as directly as I have been in some of the poetry I've been posting lately, my work can still engage folks to think about what's important.
This has me wondering: where's the common ground?
There are some works of art that hold universal truths, that celebrate forms of beauty that all of us can appreciate, that ask the questions all of us have asked ourselves. And in the process they create change by pointing out what none of us can deny.
And sometimes it's just about representation. Just telling these stories can lead to change, like when people recognize each other or their loved ones in characters they wouldn't expect to identify with. For me, simply writing about people who are not usually represented, like queer characters or people of color, feels like I'm giving a voice to those who aren't always heard.
I think one of the forms of art that does this the most is music. Music certainly doesn't need to make a direct statement in order for it to move people or bring them together in ways that can lead to change. There's nothing like the emotional response or sense of community come out of an instrument or a singer's voice, something I hope I can get to come from a page.
What moves you?