Discovering the Relevance of Words
My first QOTD stems directly from the driving question of this initiative – Is Poetry still relevant in the 21st century? To answer the question truthfully would not only be to explore the society of today, but all of recorded history. It is a question at the very root of the human condition. Is Poetry relevant today? Has poetry ever (or always) been relevant? It is a question that can be answered in thousands of words, eloquently written and meticulously explained—or can be summed up in one word: yes.
What is poetry if not a collection of words attempting desperately to describe that which cannot fully ever be explained, to share an unsharable moment? How then, can poetry not be relevant to any person at any time in any place?
Words, then, are the building blocks of humanity (at least until google and SIRI join forces to rise up and hijack our brains into Philip K. Dick’s dystopian wet dream). The beauty and power of a word can never be explained, it must be understood. As one may create the universe one blink at a time, we construct understanding one word at a time.
When he was two, my nephew’s favorite word was “no”. A majority of my high school students seem to categorize into two camps – #SWAG or Ratchet. As for me, I have always held a strong affinity for the word facetious – maybe it’s my lifelong search for irony or maybe it’s the perfect organization of vowels (a,e,I,o,u – if you are a “sometimes Y” kind of person, try facetiously).
At different ages and stages our words change, but there are always those we hold near and dear. So today’s question: What is your favorite word and why?
— J. Gabriel Allan