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Re: Poems on Todd Swift's blog

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Judy Prince <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

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Sun, 7 Mar 2010 12:06:46 -0500

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Remember I told you, Desmond, to keep your comments to three spare
subject-verb-object sentences.

Try it, we'll prefer it.

Judy

On 7 March 2010 08:20, Desmond Swords <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks Andy and Rob.
>
> I can't help it Robin. It's a 'condition' I am constantly learning to live
> with: making a knob of myself for no reason other than a desire to be
> famous. I hit middle age as a long term failure-in-everything, and got into
> the writing because I thought if I practised long enough, something might
> come of it financially. Nine years later, unemployed since leaving Bob
> Sheppard in Edge Hill, considered a weirdo and not PLU by the people I so
> very much want to be like and be liked by, I've finally accepted the truth
> that's been staring me in the face since first I deluded myself i might
> have
> a future as a famous poet flying round the world and being on late night
> cultural programmes on the BBC, as a sort of replacement talking head-mix
> of
> Tom Paulin, now he's closer to an Oxford bus pass than the Belfast madness
> that made his first flowering the visceral verse from which one learnt so
> much about being a dabbler. I was never any good at being a famous poet and
> so gave up faking it.
>
> But i cannot and will not give up my right to free therapy at the online
> dumps where the posts and markers on the rounds are, on which I squirt away
> into the ether to be forgotten, unread by all but a few disiniterested
> poetry heads all getting on with the more important biz of being as best we
> can, not for money, status or rep, but because we are obsessed with
> ourselves as people who have summat we wanna say, and instead of waiting
> for
> the fair-play poetry champions of the British working class - Sir Andrew
> and
> Dame Carol - to give us permission to feel good about ourselves and the
> status of our poems, as we stand in line hoping it's our turn to get picked
> - we give ourselves permission and stop being a million to one chance in
> the
> game of prize and winner. The sole model of state in which a poet and their
> poems can exist as real gear, for those who know this truth's self-evident.
>
> At university I heard a lot about the words being the only thing that
> matter, and it's true. I've always thought the most important thing is to
> write and learn that way, instead of waiting for someone to discover me and
> get big by being discovered by this or that VIP, conferring legitimacy on
> the blather. Over the years, I came to see my mind was too far out-there
> for
> most editors to take on. I do their heads in. I did make one or two subtle
> moves in that direction, but the last one was put off after I told her of
> an
> inexplicable vision I experienced ten years ago when a supernatual
> manifestation occured in front of my very eyes, and after which the mind
> prepared itself to accept, anything is possible and can happen. Not
> something I'd usually share, but once the otherworldly apparition has
> occured, as they say, that's a genie out the bottle and you in a very
> select
> club of poet barmy nutters who all think are mad because we had the vision
> they meet only in an academic sense, the pretenders being real 9-5.
>
> Seeing and hearing in dimensions others don't, is not ideal for getting big
> on Facebook, but inwardly it's the essential proof some higher force
> reveals
> to you alone, and perfect if you wanna speak the art of seeing ghosts who
> show us how to sing a tune the Tuatha De Danann wrought into a poem.
>



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