Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Q: Why am I eating a biscuit as I write this?
A: I am not eating a biscuit, but instead travelling on a train, so this question is meaningless. Not a good start.
Q: Is that unpretentious enough for us all?
A: That I cannot answer as I cannot speak for us all – indeed our total voice is in truth silence.
Q: How far back does the memory of this poem go?
A: The memory of this poem, like all memory, lives only in the present.
Q: Can there be anything in it that will really heal?
A: There can be something in it that will really heal – if we are lucky, we shall discover it.
Q: Why do some poets write crisp, neat & decorous?
A: Some poets do not write on trains; other poets believe in writing anywhere, anyhow.
Q: Is there any truth, then, in that legend?
A: All legends are true and not true – to mislead is, after all, merely to lead to an unexpected place.
Q: How can these tangled lines help us to arrive?
A: We can only discover this by following the lines through & closely observing what is happening.
Q: Can it be that easy to write down how to cook?
A: Writing is always easier than cooking.
Q: Why are some words familiar and others shaken lines?
A: That all words are shaken lines is in fact the case – familiarity merely disguises this.
Q: Is this forming anything we can call a poem?
A: We can call anything a poem; what a poem is formed of is up to that poem.
Q: How will it all be ready when the wave is?
A: Oh, believe me, it cannot be ready either after or before the wave.
Q: Can anyone care two figs for all these words?
A: If these words give as much pleasure as two figs – then, maybe, there will be care, and someone to care etc.
Q: Why do we link the arrowed lines & the scrawled together?
A: Somewhere, all lines join up and link, though it is difficult, perhaps impossible, to find this point.
Q: Is there any escape from this gemination of left & right?
A: Interesting results can be obtained either through using a sufficiently large number of mirrors, or by turning things over onto their sides.
Q: How is any process that is worthwhile helped forward here?
A: Think of these words as staining any process, worthwhile or not; the direction of the coloured light shining through them can be called forward, if you like.
Q: Can one poem be further than any other, or ?
A: “So is the poetry that excessive language use which actually numbs you in some ways, and whose over-indulgence makes you incapable of acting more deliberately in the world? Or is it that which blows apart the excesses of a consumer society?”
 Andrea Brady, quoted in Scott Thurston, Talking Poetics — Dialogues in Innovative Poetry: Scott Thurston talks to Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Bradley (Shearsman, 2011), p 122