Thursday, September 30, 2010
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down & Wept
Jack Gilbert once told me only a fool writes first of love, or directly of love, though first love is often fuel for all writing.
I was going to say, what else compels us to write? Then I thought about constraint.
I think conceptual tactics can be a bit like engaging with a lover. Desire is triangulated by a constraint. Or a withholding. The text can bare the imagination. Engagement girders.
On the other hand, the above manuscript pages have the urgency of a woman in confinement. As if telling it right is the only possible way through. And of course it is. No need for anything but desire sometimes.
at 8:45 AM