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Offline Mark T

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« Reply #495 on: May 28, 2017, 01:05:05 PM »

I seem to prefer silence, and post-midnight silence at that but I'm not fussy about it. I write at my desk which has a notebook-type PC perched on a mini plastic crate and a normal keyboard, and general clutter. My desk is an old gate that was used as a painting bench before being re-purposed by me. I really like my loft-like office space - I built it out of old dock planks and posts. It has a vertical wooden ladder with old iron bars at the top, and I've made some other furniture for it. The rest of the house is very neat and tidy - real type A stuff - but I get to be creative in my little non-visible corner cave of chaos.  
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Re: Poetic This!
« Reply #496 on: May 28, 2017, 02:55:29 PM »
YES! that's the place! I remember the poem you wrote about it some time ago----where is it?

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« Reply #497 on: May 29, 2017, 01:37:00 PM »

Ha -this is interesting, Linda. I know the piece you are referring to, you mentioned it when I unearthed the one about you and your ma squabbling in the car-park. The thing is, I wrote that piece before I knew this town even existed or that I would build a wooden loft-ish office here. Think that one talks about a wooden studio lofted with light. Let me just go and find the poem - I can't remember the title and I have no copies of my poems - all here in the MWC cloud.

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Re: Poetic This!
« Reply #498 on: May 29, 2017, 01:45:01 PM »

Here it is but this is a revision. The original appeared two years earlier. Doesn't matter.



Anachronism

In a wooden studio lofted with light
writer and poet intercept lost ideologies,
sun mythologies and blood moon prophecies;
unearthing serendipity beyond a twist of mystery.

A butterfly commits suicide
inside a prehistoric temple
as risen proto-archetypes
walk naked into legend.
Bones of souls fall into the abyss,
a chasm swallows unwritten fears
and loss and despair beckon all days
of reckoning after careless joys.

A whitened season flees before red-blue skies -
as traveller and stonemason turn forwardly,
to absolution,
toward a thorn tree silhouette
towering with epiphanies, thirst and soliloquies.

Zen is observation: chi follows the wind.



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« Reply #499 on: May 29, 2017, 01:51:08 PM »
YES! that's it. I don't remember the original well enough to know where you changed it. I don't even understand it---I just like it----copied it and sent it to myself in an email just now :)

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« Reply #500 on: May 29, 2017, 02:06:48 PM »

Glad you like it. It's just about a new relationship, she is the traveller-writer, I am the stonemason-poet, and we tried to understand myths and mysteries, each blundering about from personal loss and grief, looking for explanations.
The risen prototypes walking naked into legend are the Adam and Eve archetype. Bones of souls and the chasm refers to the previous partners passed over (at 35 and 45). But together the new pair look forward, despite the war drums beating out there. The (acacia) thorn tree represents Africa and a focus for the absolution they grant each other to progress, individually and together. Something like that.  
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« Reply #501 on: May 29, 2017, 02:10:05 PM »

My 'wooden studio lofted with light'.  :)
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« Reply #502 on: May 29, 2017, 03:40:12 PM »
OMG its all beautiful: the poem, its meanings, the studio, your new life and love.....

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« Reply #503 on: May 29, 2017, 04:18:17 PM »

Well, I'm fortunate to be here, after everything. Our story, K and me, is loaded with (many) strange coincidences, and you were a tangential part of it too. In retrospect, in order for us to meet, it was necessary for me to have no telephone (and no internet) for a couple of weeks. That's what happened, the phone lines kept getting whacked by lightning, it was ridiculous, I lived on that mountain farm for 7 years and never saw anything like it. I was gone from RMP for so long, it seemed I might have written myself off. That was the beginning, although I didn't know it.

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Re: Poetic This!
« Reply #504 on: June 02, 2017, 02:57:45 PM »
Thanks for the link Mark, what a pleasure to re-read the poem and the thread.  Very special :)

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« Reply #505 on: June 02, 2017, 04:13:54 PM »
What T said. Mark, your poems can be so vast while not in the least too general. What a great venue MWC is---I haven't run across any other with participants that are as good and thoughtful writers

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« Reply #506 on: June 02, 2017, 06:28:54 PM »
The quality here jumped about five notches with your return, Linda. :)

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« Reply #507 on: June 02, 2017, 08:19:32 PM »
 :) :) :)

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Re: Poetic This!
« Reply #508 on: June 04, 2017, 08:45:08 AM »

I think all the recipients of those homage poems felt good - it was an interesting exercise. I actually did one in the NaPo thread - was meant to be ______ but no-one remarked on it. Here it is again, just for fun.



Tapestries

It's Saturday morning
I'm walking through crowds to the market
fruit and vegetables, perhaps sausage and beer too.
Sometimes my bones feel that patina of another decade added
in a half-step too low for the familiar curb. It doesn't worry me,
this exchange of life for time and the entropy of unwinding days.

My trudging feet are winter-pale, daring in old leather sandals
at the first hints of summer that unfolded in the city today.
The street scene is lively, for a moment I wonder about
the population of my neighborhood, it seems more polyglot
than usual and my imagination rotates, hesitating between gears.
I shrug and keep moving, a burly fish patrolling the canyons of his reef.

At home, in my apartment, I have student books to review. Today,
I'll set out my work on the dining-room table, the light there is good
and the silent study can enjoy its weekend illusions. Later,
she'll come through the doorway, her presence familiar, welcome,
a home within a home. In between our companionable silences,
in the interaction of inconsequential things, we weave unconsciously
upon the fabric of marriage, friendship and yes, the love word too.     


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Re: Poetic This!
« Reply #509 on: June 04, 2017, 11:20:17 AM »
Hi Mark - I read this at the time, NaPo-time, and was justly impressed.  I didn't get right away the subject author, but when that came clear it seems to fit very well, certainly as to the ambience, tone, tenor, and laconic treatment of the subject matter.  The long lines and large stanzas of course threw me off.

As I read this again, I am again impressed.  Sweet, sweet writing, Mark.

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