différence & répétition



“I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.”

– T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land”

“Ah, Brig — Good Night
To Crew and You —
The Ocean’s Heart too smooth — too Blue —
To break for You —”

– Emily Dickinson

A South Wind — has a pathos
Of individual Voice —
As One detect on Landings
An Emigrant’s address.

A Hint of Ports and Peoples —
And not much understood —
The fairer — for the farness —
And for the foreignhood.

– Emily Dickinson

“For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Torrible Zone,
And the hills of the Chankly Bore!”

– Edward Lear, “The Jumblies”

“With a glad heart I will go now
To ride the horses of the roaring sea:”

The Waking of Angantyr

Q: What’s the first poem you wrote that you knew was good?
A: Still waiting for this moment.

Q: Which poet has influenced your work the most?
A: Homer.

Q: Have you ever published a poem you now prefer never saw the light of day?
A: Yes many.

Q: What’s your favourite first line of any poem?
A: “Another way to use a large heart is to grind it.” (MFK Fisher, “How To Cook a Wolf,” actually a recipe not a poem.)

– Anne Carson in interview +

“— and it soars over me like a dynasty of suns.”

– Alejandra Pizarnik, “In a Copy of Les Chants de Maldoror,” trans. Yvette Siegert 

“In every part of every living thing
is stuff that once was rock
In blood the minerals of the rock,”

– Lorine Niedecker +

Roberto Bolaño, “The Snow-Novel,” trans. Laura Healy

Roberto Bolaño, “The Snow-Novel,” trans. Laura Healy

“Endlessness runs in you like leaves on the tree of night.”

– Anne Carson, “TV Men: The Sleeper”

“And when I said here, I meant elsewhere—I meant moving.”

– Idra Novey, “Into the Atacama”

Dylan Thomas, from “Vision and Prayer”

Dylan Thomas, from “Vision and Prayer”

“Kutsiami the benevolent boatman;
when I come to the river shore
please ferry me across
I do not have tied in my cloth the
price of your stewardship.”

Kofi Awoonor, “The Journey Beyond”