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.

2 Comments:

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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