Tuesday, November 03, 2009

And a shirt

Apparently, I also inked the shirt I was wearing yesterday. More studio clothes! But I did start inventory for next week's install, so things are moving along, albeit slowly. The weaving is what kills me. Since I am not convinced it is what is necessary for this show, but to find that out takes HOURS, and then I have a sore back, wake up feeling like I have whiplash, and nothing to write into the inventory.

I started reading Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook and loved this:
The part of the psyche that works in concert with consciousness and supplies a necessary part of the poem--the heat of a star as opposed to the shape of a star, let us say--exists in a mysterious, unmapped zone: not unconscious, not subconscious, but cautious. It learns quickly what sort of courtship it is going to be. Say you promise to be at your desk in the evenings, from seven to nine. It waits, it watches. If you are reliably there, it begins to show itself--soon it begins to arrive when you do. But if you are only there sometimes and are frequently late or inattentive, it will appear fleetingly, or it will not appear at all.

Why should it? It can wait. It can stay silent a lifetime. Who knows anyway what it is, that wild, silky part of ourselves without which no poem can live? But we do know this: if it is going to enter into a passionate relationship and speak what is in its own portion of your mind, the other responsible and purposeful part of you had better be a Romeo. It doesn't matter if risk is somewhere close by--risk is always hovering somewhere. But it won't involve itself with anything less than a perfect seriousness.

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