[REVIEW]: ‘Wounds of Passion: a writing life’ by bell hooks
‘Wounds of Passion: a writing life’ asks you to reveal yourself as you are invited into the mundane and the pivotal memories that shaped bell hooks’s writing practice, womanhood and wisdom. hooks wrote the book as a record of memories and then sharing the insight and wisdom of these memories as time and influence have given them significance. These experiences have shaped her understanding of wholeness and the agency of her personhood. ‘Wounds of Passion’ is written bravely. hooks shares her experiences in a way that is very alive. You feel as if you are in relationship with the people in relationship with, you feel affected in the ways that she feels affected and changed and shaped.
You feel, as you are reading this 260-page book. Written in plain language and discussing writing, love and sexuality, the impact of its honesty is not lost. Readers, prepare to confront yourself and your work with more intention and compassion. bell hooks doesn’t avoid herself within her experiences. Because she is brave enough to face her experiences and face the things that she has come to know and associate with, is she now able to embrace the process of reflection. hooks gives so much wisdom and insight in these bite-sized chapters, making incredible use of every word choice, sentence structure, paragraph arrangement and page chronology.
She teaches us to be with our experiences, not just in them. This is the purpose of life: to learn from what we are apart of and learn from what we impact. We are in a constant state of becoming aware. This book is about presence as it relates to valuing your experiences not as the sum of who you are. Realizing this, you become aware that you have choice over how you respond to your experiences later in life because we are never done with them. Our experiences build themselves up and into our understanding, identifying and interacting with the aspects that we resonate with and the aspects that we don’t.
How do you respond to the end of an ending because all experiences are not meant to be kept as memories? Trust prepares you to be led through this decision.
Offer your wounds understanding over judgement. Below are some of my favorite quotes that urge us to honor the experience of life because no one has it right but we can all strive to exist more honestly.