Friday, March 25, 2005
A NEW LIST POEM!
List Poem (#2)
After the Egyptians determined the shape of the world is a circle:
Beyond life sentences:
Reproductions of the empty flagpole.
Menage a trois with the 21st century:
"I take thee, English, for my beloved."
The estrus gaze(s).
This is only the 2nd "list poem" I've ever written. Its underlying inspiration is a Vizpo (visual poetry) poem sculpture by Nick Carbo. Nick and I are sending poem-sculptures back and forth, and he had sent a vizpo comprised of images and texts on transparencies linked together by metal binders. It's a format to which I thought to respond by (just as Nick had linked together transparencies) linking together the covers of my previous poetry collections -- each line in the poem is a title of a previous poetry book.
Marvelous synchronicity that when I string together the titles, it works -- in my opinion -- as an "abstract poem" because of (I feel) the underlying music. Can you hear/sense that music?
My first list poem -- entitled "Untitled (Bookstore), 2000" is featured in my 2005 book, I TAKE THEE, ENGLISH, FOR MY BELOVED. It was first published in Moria Poetry, and can be seen here at this link. As the title implies, each line also consists of a book title which I notated from scanning a bookstore's shelves. Again, I thought the way the lines/titles collaged together became rhythmical/musical. All this IMHO.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Mayhap above is better version than its earlier draft in prior post...
Friday, March 18, 2005
Up to you!
Note on Current Process:
Nowadays, my poems seem to come in spurts. I'm okay with that. I now prefer them to incubate inside rather than incubate on paper (poor trees!) with me editing and re-editing and revising and blah blah....If the poem really needs to surface, it will. I just need to have Faith in that process. This couplet surfaced in the rain, while I was dashing late for a dentist appointment -- which is to say I was distracted with other matters but the poem forced its way up. Like a purple violet cracking the sidewalk to herald Spring. As cheeky and cheerful ... and loving ... as that.