Note: This was written on May 6th – but just getting around to posting it.
The first lines of a quick sketch open up a 360 degree field
which, once opened, takes on a life of its own. I saw some
new line art at MIchele and Rick’s Harborview yesterday
and something in me got touched that went beyond words,
took me to a place that felt familiar, as yet unlived.
Confusing? Here’s a poem that carries a clue:
“FROM THE START
Who did I think was listening
when I wrote down the word
in pencil at the beginning
words for singing
to music I did not know
and people I did not know
would read them and stand to sing them
already knowing them
while they sing they have no names ”
from his book of poems, The Shadow of Sirius.
Thank you, Rebecca Bryan, for the music of your art work,
now on view at Harborview. Merwin did not use a period
to the end of any of his poems, leaving room for whatever
the words and thoughts surfaced for any who looked.
Your spare line and provocative titles leave such an
Always with love,