the 7 correlations
Form is a radio at night, comes & goes. Poetry is a practice
goes like this: it comes to (into?) me & I try to be true to
whatever comes. At times, as in the case of The
process is & was much as Spicer describes it, as I understand
that. Part of that is letting it in as it seems to want to be (shape
form content (words & spaces)). The
began with a poem about a cat washing herself. I'd never really
written (transmitted) stuff like this before (so I knew I was onto-under-something).
Then a poem demanded (I can think of no other way to connote the
event) to respond to it. Then another poem about the cat then a
response. I was in love. The responses (right-side poems) rather
oblique in their reference to the left-side poems. This process
began recurring I "knew" I was into (under the direct
control of) a series & I followed (practiced). Then it ended.
It is always like this when a series works.
Also always, a mea culpa (that shootably clumsy bird). The titles,
quite natural at first though obviously in form-their being anagrams-an
overt imposition on the work, became a bit of work in the (para)normal
sense, requiring conscious though enjoyable effort.
from The Correlations
"Well, so you really are getting poetical."
"No, I'm perfectly serious. It simply makes me frantic."
- Robert Musil, Young Torless
Timm's work has recently appeared or will appear in Aught, Moria,
Swirl, Salt Hill, Skanky Possum, and American Letters & Commentary.
He teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin