Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Critical engagement

Things you might learn, if you learn things: reading a book of poetry is not always less painful than a book of prose. Especially narrative poetry with only 20 words per page, because you want to turn the pages faster, and the turning is what hurts your hands, and then you’re craving a larger page with more text, not as much turning.

Critical engagement can go either way: after the first phone call, editing discussion and he compliments your editing skills and you wonder about the editing family he mentions. What does it mean to come from an editing family? After that conversation, more energy but when you have more energy it’s important to prepare for the next conversation, don’t lose the energy. Then it’s harder to focus on the discussion, fatigue making thoughts stop halfway and you’re trying to get them out, push but they still stop and then afterwards you’re looking at the large pages of text but the text is too small so your neck hurts: you want to go back to the poetry, stop before it hurts.

Onto the mat for stretches, but wait this one involves pressing finger against nose kind of like turning a page -- let’s go back to legs swaying. Okay, legs swaying, legs swaying -- all to find the center but then there’s the center of your head, closing. You still want it to open.

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