Sunday, April 24, 2005

beckett and tabios

Tom Beckett at e-x-c-h-a-n-g-e v-a-l-u-e-s has been busier than me. (See his comment below.) His latest interview is with ms chatelaine, ms hay(na)ku, ms very busy, Eileen Tabios.

Eileen talks of being attentive:

"I don’t think poetry begins (or ends) somewhere or sometime. I think poetry exists all around us and my job as a poet is to be attentive enough to recognize its facets. For me, this is the difference between a “poem” and “poetry.” A poem is a snapshot, a manifestation frozen in time. The poetry experience -- as in the engagement with any one poem -- continues beyond where the poem (if it’s a written manifestation) ends on a page."

My thoughts, going in other directions:

If I am not attentive here, I'm attending some where else.

How does one keep the balls in the air? Yet, that isn't the point.

An old saying, 'be here now', in language and weather and the events that pass for, in, through history.

There's a temptation to mix up attention with intention. But they are so different, especially for the poem.


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