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Do you like poetry?

February 22, 2010

well?  yes?  no?

no?  did the question unravel like you’d been asked about a length of masking tape?  flat. beige.  separate from yourself. something best kept on a dusty shelf.


yes?  did you concede in spite of having to respond to the vacant ring of a cliche?  unable to prevent your deepest instinct from rearing up & scoffing:  “LIKE? that IS me.”

’tis a polarizing query.  yet, perhaps we misunderstand each other.

for what is poetry but conviction & mystery & the passing appreciation of the grandest and minutest details of this world?  the darkness when we go to bed at night.

and who doesn’t like that?


the ‘tree dreaming’ image is a photo of Yayoi Kusama’s London installation of ‘Ascension of Polkadots on the Trees’ on the Southbank for the Hayward Gallery.

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