I relate so much to a lot of what she writes about in the book. She makes simple observations of what it’s like to be alive and the raw feelings that come with living: how it is to love, or not love, the things that you say and wish you didn’t, and the things you don’t and wish you did.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of her writing, though, is how each line can be looked at individually and still be beautiful, still hold a tremendous amount of power and meaning: “How often it is that we turn each other into metaphors,” “We measure catastrophes by how close they hit to home,” “Time curdles everything it touches, doesn’t it?” It’s almost as if each line is a poem in and of itself, and I love that about it.
I said earlier that poetry weaves its way into everything you do, and Shinji Moon’s writing makes me perceive the world differently. Every moment and every conversation — all the kisses and scraped knees and cloudless, still nights — seem more meaningful than they used to. Life seems to have more potential to be beautiful and special and worth savoring, worth writing about.
I think that a lot of the time, that’s what poetry does best, and it’s certainly what “The Anatomy of Being” has done for me.
Katie Huntington is a junior at Oneonta High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk