maanantaina, tammikuuta 02, 2006

What does poetry do?

Asks Tom Beckett in his interview with Jean Vengua. Her answer:
It records, it makes visible and audible – sensible; it makes the interior apparent to the senses. It’s another way of bringing forth awareness within the matrix of language and living and dying. It begins with a state that for me is childlike and playful, seemingly grounded in the body; and it often branches out into the ludic, the ludicruous – which is delightful when it happens. Poetry reports back to me (I mean that in a broad sense, of course, but in my blog, Diaryo I literally shaped my poems from news reports), it tells me what’s going on, and sometimes what’s going on is funny, lyrical, erotic; sometimes it’s full of despair, and I see the language breaking up inside of me or turning cold, becoming self-centered, cliché, awkward or lonely; disappearing into dead space, self-censorship, silence. When I say that poetry is a practice of staying with the discomfort or dissonance, I include in that also terror.
Poetry reports back to you. Now, that's one reason to read the whole piece.

4 Comments:

Blogger Okir said...

Thanks so much for pointing to my interview, Karri!

10:31 ip.  
Blogger KK said...

You're welcome, Jean. And quick. You're response came like two minutes after I posted. We're in a dreamland here. There might an occasional nightmare, maybe, but they stay as such. They don't stick. I also liked the parts where you talked about writing and visuals; most of it applies to what I'm trying to do, so it made me feel good, thank you.

10:41 ip.  
Blogger KK said...

Blogin hallinnoija on poistanut tämän kommentin.

10:45 ip.  
Blogger KK said...

What am I doing? I can't even spell anymore. Your response... Sorry.

tusaem

(now, that sounds nice)

10:47 ip.  

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