Wounds of Passion was written by bell hooks as a memoir of her writing life. It is framed by her childhood experiences and a ten year relationship with another poet named Mack. The book is written as a hermit crab (as well as collage) lyric essay, wherein things that are painful to confront are often written in third person. The remainder is written in first person. This shift to third person also helps you to see into hook’s character, more than first person (as it can be emotionally involving). I saw myself in a lot of her struggles and pain.
After reading it, I walked away with the sense that I truly was a writer. She doesn’t have the overly ambitious I-write-sixteen-hours-a-day hyped up media image work ethic. Instead, she works for short amounts of time but is totally focused and pushes. I like her approach with this book and I think you will too. If anything, it is a beautiful model of the hermit crab and how it can be used to hang an entire novel. An interesting side note, she also mentions how certain subjects choose you. You can read more about this in my previous post.