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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.

or

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?

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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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