Have Pen, Will Travel

Have Pen, Will Travel 


It’s not my
business to describe
anything. The only
report is the
discharge of
words called
to account for
their slurs.
A seance of sorts—
or transport into
that nether that
refuses measure.

~ Charles Bernstein 

Have Pen, Will Travel

In poetry class right now, we’re studying Language Poetry and Conceptualism; both are quite abstract and tend to escape me, but I did love the title of this poem: “Have Pen, Will Travel.” While the actual message of the poem may differ from my interpretation, the idea of being able to “travel” with writing and reading is a wonderful thought. On the other side of the coin, writing and reading about traveling is equally special. Anna Quindlen writes, “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.”

Have a Happy Monday! Here’s to future stories of travel, written with pen, and read with fond remembrance.



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