Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
The above shot illustrates a problem I’ve encountered with the poem I’ve tentatively entitled “Future.” The origin is “I wrote.” The context has to do with “a note” that appears elsewhere in the poem as something that returns and that has more significance to the future than at the time it was written.
The link problem has to do with the destination space, which has less to do with “lexia” as it does with syntax. “I wrote” has too little to do with the relationship between coyotes and “her” and the context of those dictive elements. They’re too important to be linked to a weak, or arbitrary link.
This is a rich creative process (and rich with pitfalls). In poetry, “by the” is an important question. It’s made more significant when link structure is part of the chemical reaction.
Bottom line: “I wrote” . . . “Where the coyotes / follow . . . ” is not the truth; nor is the alternative reading “I wrote” . . . “this” . . . Although this latter issue seems to open up opportunity for resolution.