Sunday, May 11, 2008

Our Logophiles writers group has been meeting monthly for the past five years, and has recently begun "assigning" writing topics. I chose a thought from Rainer Maria Rilke's observation that "to write rhythmic prose one must go deep into oneself and find the anonymous and multiple rhythm of blood." Which prompted the following poem about the writing life:

Shooting Up

Pity the poor literary junky,

high on myth-and-metaphor,

brain seized upon by the


of a well-turned phrase,

a just-so sentence,

heart racing to

scratch out a simple line of truth

in that fleeting instant

when writer’s ink

dilates the pupils and

guides the trembling hand.

Tomorrow the crash.

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