Monday, March 7, 2016

Currently Reading 3.7.16

I have seen too often that creative artists read the finished works of poets and make comparisons between their firsts drafts and the author's finished reduction. To one who is thinking rationally, perhaps, the comparison would be too obviously unjust-- but poets in caught in the act of writing and being unable to continue are not rational creatures. 

They will go on believing that poets are like unicorns; creative geniuses-- impossible to find. Idolatry will continue until something obvious hits them which proves otherwise. For example, such as original copies of their works.

There is something quite fascinating about facsimile reproductions of poets. Probably because this makes them seem more human-- these poets have preferences, instead of just appearing to be an idealized voice channeled from a state of flow. I've been holding on to a facsimile copy of Auden's works for a while now, and only now have begun to read it.

Sometimes to write a poem takes years of work. What I find most interesting about these copies is that they reveal the poets' likes and dislikes. I appreciate the dislikes more than the likes, those things which are crossed out and thrown away-- because it gives one much more of an insight to that poet's humanity. It is like seeing the other half of the image, the relief carved away from the wood instead of the print itself... and as a bonus, we get a glimpse of the poet's personality. We are able to separate their troubled, very human selves from the perfection they produce-- which is a very necessary separation indeed.

This one, though a little unreadable, contains the title of Eliot's original "Wasteland"--
'HE DO THE POLICE IN DIFFERENT VOICES,' which Ezra Pound adamantly suggested Eliot should change-- though the title was derived from an obscure novel by Dickens.

- Anna

1 comment:

  1. so interesting reading this after Nate's post...conflicting yet complimentary considering he focused on the simplicity of poetry (his preferred taste) and you focused on the backstory, the work that goes into some of the greatest works of canonical poetry. I really enjoyed reading these posts together.