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