Should the poet use a computer to compose a poem? What about using
Microsoft Word? The Word editor? Does poetry change if everyone
is using the same software? If two different poets use the same
screen, software, online services, same font, same printer, same
number of pages and words, what makes them so different? Is more
than an hour and a half of screen time a day too much for children,
as some doctors say? Does the screen time ratio effect poets? Should
poets attempt to use all of the page (i.e. the screen's ancestor)
most of the page, a little of the page, very little of the page?
Should the lines start at the right or the left, bottom or top?
Should there be spaces? A certain length of the line? Only lines?
Could lines go in more than one direction? Should mathematical formulas
be applied to alphabetic technology? Does font size matter? What
about type design? Should poets think about using all the fonts
at their disposal when writing a poem on a computer? Would anyone
notice? Does knowledge of punctuation history grant more or less
writing options? How can space be wrong? Is grammar ethical? If
grammar has changed in English, and will change again, are the standards,
standards? Absolutes? What is the difference between those who care
and those who do not care about grammatical standards? When writing
a word, should all the letters count? Or, are letters only for words?
Can letters be words? If you use C, See, Sea, c, see, sea, c-e,
as semantic-phonetic-graphic realities, does this change how we
right? Write? What about lyrics in pop music, such as All 4 U? Should
poetry consider all sound-letter combinations? Would any one notice
if you did? Who would publish poetry that asked all these questions?
Should poets play with language like politicians, or advertisers,
or painters, or philosophers? Should poets watch TV? How do the
two letters, T, and V, make a reference to a box so many stare at
during each day? Should the TV be left on, but muted for the poet?
Should the poet love the vision box of the people? Is there such
a thing as television love? If our lives are of limited duration,
how should we spend our time? Can one poet like another poet? Can
one poet feel intimidated by another poet? Can two poets have great
sex together? Do they need to be the same kind of poet? Do these
feelings matter when writing a poem on a different kind of screen?
Should poets know how books are made? Would this knowledge effect
their writing? Would any knowledge affect their writing? What kind?
Technical? Grammatical? Aesthetic? Athletic? Do poets know anything?
Are the feelings of poets better, worse, or the same as dog technicians
or the waitress at the last restaurant you visited? How would you
know? Does riding a local bus everyday change the way you would
write a poem? Does driving a car? What about being driven? Has any
poet ever had a chauffer? Would it give the poet more time to write?
Do people think it is weird to be a poet? When I write poet, what
do you think about? Do you know a poet? Does the poet ever talk
about writing? Is it interesting, boring, repetitive, arcane? Should
poets own a dictionary now that OED is online? Should poets look
for words? Should poets use words as memory or as invention? Does
the history of rhetoric count? Does the history of the pencil count?
What about the paper clip? Have you ever used a paper clip? Do you
know where it comes from? If not, has this lack of knowledge affected
your view of poetry, or the last poem you wrote, if you are a poet?
Do poets ask questions? Should they? If so, how many? Or, do they
just give answers? Fill in the blanks? Do blanks on the page matter?
'White Man Sleeps', IV
walk way, long, a
stone, flat path,
quite world, quiet past, strength of step, step, one, two
over, no fear, or regrets, a finished job,
moving, satisfied, move
saying good, bye, good, saying, say sa sa ey ing, farewell,
relearning, knowing the right, the left, forgetting shackles,
speaking freely, free
tall glass of water, a joyful l
Open, gray, wave, space [O, stay!]
movement, sound chop, chop
departure, de facto, canvas
Slosh, ling, out of touch
just over, not clear, clear
or sharp, translating lay-space
viewer, where--where. Boat bound
Riding, maintaining, with Jonah
O, see, see, sky covered
hidden stars, hidden colors, hidden lots
for the Life, ear, sound-
scape, sea-scape, scape-goat
room bound, [O, stay!] lay space
Mo, ma see, sea, see, C