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Moment of Silence: Suzette Haden Elgin and Poem: "Soulsounds"
Suzette Haden Elgin has passed away. You can read about her work online.  She will be sorely missed in this world, and dearly welcomed in another.

Some time ago I posted a poem about her, "The Languagewoman," summarizing my interactions and her accomplishments.

Here is a new elegy...

-- an elegy for Suzette Haden Elgin (November 18, 1936 – January 27, 2015)

The soul is not substance but sound,
a self made of speech and song.

Birth is the opening of a throat
to cry out in discovery.

Death is the sliding of a voice
from one chorus to another.

When angels weep, mortals rejoice;
and when mortals weep, angels rejoice;

but in God's ear it is all one sublime symphony,
and the Great Conductor never loses track of a single note.

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mount_oregano From: mount_oregano Date: January 29th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 29th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

She's been a part of my life for a long time. I'll really miss her.
From: technoshaman Date: January 30th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

*hugs* May memory bring smiles to you, as you have to me, even with this elegy.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 30th, 2015 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Sooth. What I have learned from her is largely retainable and replicable.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: January 30th, 2015 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
She produced some good books, fiction as well as nonfiction.
I've kept copies of as much of her stuff as I've been able to lay hands on.
Her Ozark trio of (fiction) books were interesting to read. I can't say I've ever read anything else that reminded me of it.
Her book on verbal self-defense is wonderful--I only wish I'd been able to read it back in my early teens.
We've definitely lost a talented writer and one that we will be hard put to replace.

unmutual From: unmutual Date: January 30th, 2015 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

So it goes.

A sigh - a breath of acceptance. The world is a better place for her contributions to it, and a lesser place for her absence.
cat_sanctuary From: cat_sanctuary Date: January 30th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sigh...of regret that she's gone. Another sigh...she left us here to carry on, and even if all of us who remember her really try, she left a *lot* of good work to carry on doing.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 30th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)


If aliens land, my first thought will be, "Gods, I wish Suzette were here."
labelleizzy From: labelleizzy Date: February 3rd, 2015 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you for this: lovely and sad.
ozarque enriched the world with her words.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 3rd, 2015 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

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