I wrote process poetry 2 while I was a resident artist at Adelaide City Library. The theme of the 4 week residency was ‘Lost & Found’ so I began by composing a found poem exploring the idea of lost and found and defining what a poem is. I often begin a poem by writing notes or a stream-of-consciousness, then remove unnecessary words. It occurred to me that the logical conclusion – and the perfect poem – might be the blank page you started with.
I guess it’s also a bit of a dig at the whole fad of ‘found poetry.’ There’s an awful lot of pretty bad poetry which consists of the random assemblage of lists and lines stolen from text books, newspapers and other people’s poems.
process poetry 2
start with a fragment.
words and phrases piled
like lost property
POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy)
is an endoscopic procedure used
to treat swallowing disorders.
writing poetry is no easy task.
Eran Hadas built a tool
that can read your brainwaves
and generate poetry
that reflects your thoughts.*
Remove unnecessary words
until you are left
with a blank page.
Marvel at its whiteness.
[* the stanza in italics is a quote from Wired Magazine. http://www.wired.co.uk/arti…
First published in malevolent soap Vol. 1 (ed. Felix Garner Davis)
I remixed 3 works by Bluemillenium and merged it with my poem on ccmixter.org
I’ve gone dark for a few weeks. We are taking 6 weeks in China & Japan. I didn’t realise that Facebook, Gmail and Google would all be blocked in China… Meanwhile I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of writing a poem every day. There’s plenty to reflect on…
Cycling the city walls, Xi’an
Squirrel, Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Archaeologist inspecting his terracotta troops
Terracotta Army, Lintong via Xi’ an.
Tower fortress, Great Wall, Badaling
Buddha’s Angels, Great Wild Goose Pagoda, 7th C.
Giant Panda Research Base, Chengdu
The other Fringe event I was involved with last month was Defying Gravity, a free afternoon of comedy, poetry and music organised by Margaret Clark and sponsored by Salisbury Council.I sang ‘If I were a subjunctive clause’ on guitar, ‘Livin’ in the Sunlight’ on uke and ‘Whispering Grass’ with John Brydon and performed the poems Ode to the Penis, speech of parts, an accident waiting to happen, bucket list and Tommy Ruff. Thanks to all the other performers: Margaret Clark, Fred Willet, Bruce Greenhalg, Leanne, Jill Wherry, Gordon McPherson, Nigel Ford, Joanne Baker and the musical group Creation!
Last week was a big one for me. I was selected by Peter Goldsworthy to be one of five to represent the current state of contemporary poetry in South Australia on Day Four of Adelaide Writers Week as part of the 2018 Adelaide Festival. I was joined by a diversely talented group: Alison Flett, Rachael Mead, Nelson “Dialect” Hedditch and Manal Younus before a capacity audience of well over 1000.
Adelaide Writers Week is always an interesting time with authors and poets from all over the world, fascinating and challenging panel discussions and readings from the writers’ own mouths. But this year was even better for me, meeting and having conversations with admired writers at the launch/ meet & greet/ private and farewell parties where I got to talk to David Malouf, Michael Farris Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen Dando-Collins, Mem Fox, Rebekah Clarkson and Catherine Chidgey. Thanks to my fellow poets and Peter Goldsworthy for curating the event and allowing us to present our work to a wider audience.
(Photos: Martin Christmas, Heather Taylor Johnson, Helve Doecke, Rob Walker)
with Stephen Dando-Collins and his wife Louise.
Alexander McCall Smith