The Power of Words
President's Obama's address to the nation was powerful, compelling and infused with imagery with the ability to galvanize an active mind around ideas:
"we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united."
The poet Elizabeth Alexander, in her reading, directed us, through simple phrase and well constructed verse, to consider an imperfect and productive past:
"Say it plain, that many have died for this day. Sing the names of the
dead who brought us here, who laid the train tracks, raised the
bridges, picked the cotton and the lettuce, built brick by brick the
glittering edifices they would then keep clean and work inside of."
And so I got to thinking about the power of words and verse and phrase. The words left on this blog are utilitarian at best. The posts that appear in wine blogs, the stories in wine publication and on winery websites and in wine newsletters, and wine reviews in general are also utilitarian, at best. There are and have been some writers that concentrate on wine whose turn of phrase rises above the rest: Alice Fiering, Michelle Anna Jordan, Gerald Asher. But not many.
I'm not sure if this is something to lament. And I'm not sure I have any business comparing the rhetorical flourish of President Obama or the phraseology of poet Elizabeth Robinson to wine writers and such. It's probably not fair.
But perhaps thinking about wine writing in the context of what we heard in Washington yesterday is enough to get me thinking more intently on how I delivery the content on this blog and maybe it's enough to inspire me to do better.