I feel a poem needs not to assume it will be read. It has to have the energy to create its own necessity. Poems shouldn’t operate within an expectation of poems being passed around. So I get very stuck on the question: why should a poem begin?
Seen somewhere. I can’t remember where.
1. tar·ant·ism [tar-uhn-tiz-uhm] noun
a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance…popularly attributed to the bite of the tarantula. Also, tarentism.
2. “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ~ Mark Twain
3. Therefore, Fela Kuti.
I once saw, on a flower pot in my own living room, the efforts of a field mouse to build a remembered field. I have lived to see this episode repeated in a thousand guises, and since I have spent a large portion of my life in the shade of a nonexistent tree, I think I am entitled to speak for the field mouse.
Loren Eiseley, The Night Country
Originally posted on some small corner:
Here, the intersection of the timeless moment
Is England and nowhere. Never and always.
TS Eliot, The Four Quartets: Little Gidding
I was near the A1, close enough to feel its drag, the traffic undertow. I was returning from a flying visit to the wilds of Oakham and Rutland Water, departing the warm belly of a friend’s new country house. I’d managed to get myself lost, maybe expectantly. I knew I was in the vicinity of Little Gidding, one of TS Eliot’s high Anglican bolt holes, one of the places he’d knelt before forces he couldn’t comprehend, forces he seemed determined to surrender to. He’d gone there in 1936, pulled in by different undertows: the magnetism of accreted faith, the allure of a tiny monkish community surviving the ravages of the centuries; hiding place of the fallen king – Charles, going underground after the defeat at Naseby…
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