posted at 10:52 am
on Nov. 28, 2012
Attacked by Birds
I’m in #newyork
How long should it take to write a poem?
You can’t really mean that.
No, of course not. I’m being facetious. It just takes a moment. A moment of inspiration.
I think it takes a lifetime. From the formation of language until the final period.
Or question mark?
Sure, or question mark. Punctuation. You know…
But you asked how long it should take.
So, how long should it take to write a poem?
Oh, are we still doing that? I told you: There’s no answer. When do you start the hourglass? When you first sit down with a pencil in hand and touch the point to the paper? Or at the first thought that you ought to write a poem because ‘it’s been a while’?
You haven’t written with a pencil and paper for years.
Not true, but that’s my point. A poem happens. It never starts. It’s part of a chain. First, create the universe, then, finish the poem.
When is a poem finished?
That’s another good question.
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