Some designed to

April 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Posted in australian poetry, contemporary poetry, memoirs, poetry, writing | 10 Comments
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deliberately upset.  But between that arrogance
of deliberate line and odd smattering obscenity
is some kind of allure or power to transmit ideas
like it or not, poetry has a point which is communication
not the mere chucking of abstract syllables
at a wall

lets begin with something fundamental, that there is common human truths these days is a radical proposition, and dare forbid you should express such things using rhyme and overt meter whose origin was memory, rhythm, seasons, language was made to record things. The ability to express oneself is accidental. It is a tool and there are some who prefer it blunt.


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  1. Hmmm, blunt eh? I like mine razor sharp, haha. This is very clever and is an excellent addition to your commentaries on the subject. Flarf sounds like arf, which sounds like barf.

  2. Another piece that makes me ponder, that prods and pokes me and makes me think… what more could I ask for?

  3. I have an urge to grunt. Shall I strangle it? Because I have no idea how to grunt an urge without the aid of pantomime.

  4. The auditive loop (I think that is how it is called), lets us record verbal audio only for a short period of time, and it remains in our memory, for a short time also. It wouldn’t be possible without a language in which we record, whether is music or textual. But I think we also need a representation structure to be able to remember things, otherwise, there is nothing tangible to remember, language is a representational structure.

  5. but why is it about drawing lines and crossing them?

  6. You are very clever..

  7. I prefer it blunt.
    Loved this (smattering of applause) and would love to hear you read it.


  8. well said.
    do not waste.Words (said the saint, and later he was raised to havens -a sign that he held a truth ) -if you have nothing to say.

  9. //that there is common human truths these days is a radical proposition, and dare forbid you should express such things using rhyme and overt meter//

    Like any of it matters anyway…

    But as with all humans endeavors, it’s never enough to have an opinion. Somebody has to be wrong. That’s the way it goes. I hope the writing of meter and rhyme always remains on the fringe. The fringe is usually where the best work is found.

  10. is it the reaction we seek to our thoughts brought to light…

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