Thursday, April 8, 2010

Susan Howe's Emily Dickinson

Reading diagram 1.

Susan Howe's My Emily Dickinson is a rebellious and engaging bridge between author and reader.

One shouldn't call this a Biography. It is more of an extended question to a voice that only exists in pages and pages stuffed in drawers, never to be seen. This book is a longing in the deepest sense. Howe's Dickinson is found through investigating time, place, people - in particular Johnathan Edwards.

This work (both the work of writing and of reading) is a building of bridges. A place to dwell between, as one sits over the stream before crossing to the other side. Ownership is lost to the reader. This is Susan Howe's Emily Dickinson -- not my own, but I draw nearer to both Howe and her Dickinson.

Anyways... a book I would recommend to anyone interested in this reader/writer relationship.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

well then, here we are

of course, as Oppen put it, of course meaning following the course, the path, the bridge, and that is action, of course.

i haven't been writing much lately, at least not cohesively. Mostly things come in small collections -- an instant carried in thought, memory, language. This language seems vague though. What can we get through this vague language. Do we reduce to politics?

It seems spring. And everything that trills trills and what thrills thrills. but as always, it is season and dawn. This language may be metonymic.

I want to fight the bad guys.

In Texas, there is a law being discussed concerning public education. Under the proposed legislation, the state would allow only one specific textbook for each subject taught. This might sound democratic, but it isn't. We need some options on what we teach our kids. I'm not sure I would want the state congress labeling one textbook as "correct" under law.