Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Thinking that the key to writing well is sometimes just finding a form or approach that makes sense given your current situation. The old getting out of your own way trick. Thinking about why Jay's Lack Lyrics are so strong.


Blogger hugh said...

Yeah, absolutely -- or at least finding a form that doesn't force you to become an idiot.

Time and time again, I hear people who from their conversation are thinking, lively minds, transformed into idiots once they attempt poetry.

And lest I come off as sounding like some kind of snob, let me say that I think this risk might be an unavoidable feature of poetry.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I think there are so many things I'd like to be able to write that I probably simply can't (or at least can't write well) given who I am at the moment. I think one of Jay's strengths as a poet (practically speaking anyway) is that he finds forms that match (or extend, or something) the current form his life is taking. I guess this is relatively obvious, but I think it's worth noting.

I think too that it's useful to write about stuff (or it's useful to engage stuff) you don't have some form of mastery over. I guess it helps to be a little stupid (here I'm talking about myself and not Jay).

12:28 PM  

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