#Haiku Happenings #7: Lady Nyo takes a stand against censorship and presents a #haibun!
Very recently I received an email asking to be ‘friends’ on facebook. The person was a woman I knew slightly during Y2K. Our relationship wasn’t close and she wasn’t a literary friend. I have no problem adding friends to fb, but when I told her I was a writer, she asked me if I ‘wrote dark things.’ That question startled me. Apparently in the ‘60s she had a nervous breakdown and couldn’t tolerate ‘dark things’.
I thought about this. Hell, yes, I write about ‘dark things’. “Olsen’s Pond” is an example of dark things. But further, I am not responsible for the mental stability, comfort, etc. of readers. I don’t think this woman would want to be ‘friends’ with me on fb according to her standards. And frankly? I don’t think I would be interested in her.
I have come across this sort of censorship before. When I published my…
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