Thursday, September 07, 2006

Alice Notley

"I tried to keep thinking--maybe I'm giving away too many professional secrets--at this point I understood something quite primary from Stein's repetition, which was that you could pause inside a repetition and, without losing the momentum of the poem, you could think of what to say next. You get a word from the past...and you pull it into the present in order to go to the future. It has something to do with thinking and not losing the music while you think. Nothing is lost or obscure."

from "Poets & Writers"


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