poetry / writing

from “Someone is writing a poem” by Adrienne Rich

The theater


of any 


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 



who comes along

to read




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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