poetry / writing

from “Someone is writing a poem” by Adrienne Rich

The theater

 

of any 

poem

is a collection

 

of decisions

about space

 

 

and time–

how are these

 

words to lie

on the page, with what pauses, what headlong motion, what

phrasing, how can they meet

 

the breath of the 

someone

 

who comes along

to read

 

them?

 

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2 thoughts on “from “Someone is writing a poem” by Adrienne Rich

  1. So interesting, that idea of how the words will meet the “breath of the someone” who will read them, not the someone exactly, at least not first, right, but the breath first, the physical exercise of exertion of reading being the first interaction, even if the breath is a mental one, or a suspension of breath. I read a quotation from another writer (was it Madeleine L’Engle?) about words being the bridge on which the writer and reader meet. These two thoughts together have my mind a bit abuzz.

    • Thanks for sharing here. I looked up this quotation, Jeff: “In reading we must become creators. Once the child has learned to read alone, and can pick up a book without illustrations, he must become a creator, imagining the setting of the story, visualizing the characters, seeing facial expressions, hearing the inflection of voices. The author and the reader “know” each other; they meet on the bridge of words.” – L’Engle

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