Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Hunt


“Poe dismissed the notion of artistic intuition and argued that writing is methodical and analytical, not spontaneous. He writes that no other author has yet admitted this because most writers would “positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes… at the fully matured fancies discarded in despair… at the cautious selections and rejections."

Waiting for words to wander
out of the ether like a long-lost
explorer, 
I pore over hastily tapped out
scribbles on yellow stickies,
mini billboards comprise 
the prototype horde I cultivate,
hoping to bait the poem slithering
in the undergrowth of my brainpan
to my waiting hands,

tense snares

ready to break the

necks of darting rabbit stanzas


I am inclined to believe Poe,

we all just want to impress

when we pick up the pen,

writing is a constant audition

where we are shuddering actor and

lunatic director both,

but what of the pieces that

appear light as smoke like this one

not cooked in the crucible of crafting,

but of catching it and forcing it down

into the pot for all to see it sear,

boiling bones and all.  

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