Nos 10 to 1: the first installment of three line pieces (from fragment, to micro-poem to asmuch as I can fit and still call it three lines) which I have been sharing each day this April on Instagram – @pearldiver32 – as part of NaPoWriMo.
The work in this case is a creative response to my consideration of the moving parts of poetic composition – and it is part of the ‘Knowing the Dance’ project.
10. Late afternoon full moon seen behind telephone wires
Held note. Between the lines
I am, you are, all we encounter
here, moving as we move, a dancer.
in my hand,
the chalk across my palm.
8. Water Drums
The women. How they stand. Their hands as they beat
the river. Its resist, follow. The rhythm. My hands. Call
across continents. The songs in different languages.
Parchment, paper, tablet, stylus, pencil, ruler, plumb-line, quill-pens, inhorn, inks, desk, goodlight, chair –
Whatever the instruments, what moves this scribe is not to bring forth, exactly, what is imagined –
But making the marks of a map by which others can make their own journeys along these lines.
6. Illusions of Movement
intimations of intrigue,
wall-to-wall intricate spiders’ weave-work.
5. A three line monograph on walking and writing poetry
Walk: find Basho, Raftery, Mary Oliver in the grove, town, forest.
Walk: let your steps fall in with the rhythm of the wind, river, traffic.
Walk: ideas, images circulate as blood does: always now.
4. Breathwork (a)
As you read this (or
are you hearing it really), ask
yourself where the breath is.
A breeze triggers it, makes the strings, frame,
and dangling baubles all swing and sway:
the movements are followed by the baby’s gaze.
2. Still life with moving part
Indoors in late August, he paints ‘nothing but large sunflowers‘,
like this one – fifteen head-turners: yellow on yellow – while
outside a Mistral wind bloows over the still Arles landscape.
1. Who can know?
I am moving
I am not
A note about what I have been reading
The work in this case is a creative response to my consideration of the moving parts of poetic composition. This is part of the written element of the ‘Knowing the Dance‘ project – and the technical end in a way – so the pieces are very much concerned with the writing itself. Should it be of any interest, this ten days has seen me rereading sections of ‘Rules of the Dance’ by Mary Oliver, ‘Lines: A Brief History’ by Tim Ingold, ‘The Making of Poem’ by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland. Revisitng objectivist poetry (?) gently, getting to grips with ‘Poiesis and Art-making: A Way of Letting-Be’ by Derek H. Whitehead. and I’ve also put my toe in the water of ‘Affect Theory’, without getting much of me wet as of yet.
April is (Inter)National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and the idea is to write a poem a day for the month. You can find some great prompts at the official site, and poetry support organisations like the Poetry School
Image: from Time Bug series (10cm x 10cm) by Emma Whitehead