"The real technology--behind all other technologies--is language. It actually creates the world our consciousness lives in." --Norman Fischer, Abbot, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center "The strongest lesson I can teach my son is the same lesson I teach my daughter: how to be who he wishes to be for himself. And the best way I can do this is to be who I am and hope he will learn from this not how to be me, which is not possible, but how to be himself." --Audre Lorde "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all Ye need to know on earth, and all ye need to know.'" --John Keats "We should write out our own thoughts in as nearly as possible the language we thought them in, as though in a letter to an intimate friend. We should not disguise them in any way." --W.B. Yeats "In the midst of the great spaces, under the bright lights, there is no way to look away." --Marshall Berman "It is the fixed that horrifies us, the fixed that assails us with the tremendous force or its mindlessness....The fixed is the world without fire--dead flint, dead tinder, and nowhere a spark. It is motion without direction, force without power,...and I hate it because at any moment I might myself step to that charmed and glistening thread." --Annie Dillard
My ideal poetry manifesto would be twelve or so pages of quotes after a
fashion similar to that above.
From these quotes, readers could then engage themselves in a complex and intimate attempt to "understand"
what I "mean". I could do the same thing, at the same time. Then we (the readers and I) could compare notes.
Truly a collaborative effort. How communal and benevolent of me to share of myself and my poetry like that.
It is nearly impossible for me to imagine my views of poetry in any
other form right now, other than the
polysemous web version that I have developed for this thesis. I have been having a difficult time conceiving
of poetry without coded images and text surrounding it; without the pluralistic views which the essentially
unifying medium of the internet can supply.
Poetry is, for me, right now, an expression of my ideas about
relationships: the relationship between
actions and language; between language and ideas; between ideas and space; and between space and
"How we doze upright on buses, how the night overtakes us in the babble of headphones, how the singing and clapping of another generation fade like distant radio as we ride, forehead heavy on the window, how we sleep, how we sleep." --Martin Espada
I would not go so far as to suggest that the effect of this string is
syllogistic, but in terms of poetry,
in my mind and in my life, the associations are more than merely casual.