Well, I'm not out to capture anything, much less stabilize it with my understanding. If anything my poems are meant to release butterflies. Set them free. Let them fly.
He goes on, on the same page (only page 11) to speak of self expression, like it’s a given, not even up for debate. “How we express ourselves and understand ourselves and the world around us…” Well, if poetry is for him an expression of himself and his understanding, can’t he just say that? Who is this “we” he refers to. Not me.
Am I not a poet? Or an artist? On page 12 he offers (parenthetically, no less) that art is “the artist’s medium for expression and understanding.” If that’s not what my art is, and that leaves me out, I suppose I can live with that. If that’s the consensus he makes it out to be. But it makes it all that much harder to put (what I call) my poetry and my artwork out where it can be seen. It seems I have to start with explaining how not to read my poems.
As I’ve been doing for many years anyway, I guess. As anyone who reads these blog posts must have noticed by now, I keep saying that my poems are not self-expression but self-less-expression. I point to the ancient Chinese poems that have nothing to do with personal expression or understanding the world. Or the poetry of Robert Lax that resonate as spiritual depth in a material world.