ON NARRATIVE AND IMAGE

“Narrative is the chain that links our moments together.  But image is what we see in the dark of night, what we wake up with from dreams, what we remember when we recall those we love.  It is image that burns itself into our minds whether we want it to or not, and it is image which can free us from a past that will always have a hold on us until we look straight at the images that live behind our eyes.  Image is also the lifeblood of the personal essay.  It grabs us and forces us to see through the writer’s eyes.  It sutures reader and writer into a living unit.”

~Marian M. MacCurdy, “From Trauma to Writing: A Theoretical Model for Practical Use”

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