It is like I am chipping softly at the ice, a little bit at a time, trying to get to the clear water underneath, but the ice is thick and I can only chip a little bit at a time and every little bit that I chip fills up with water and when, the next morning, I come back to try to make more progress, all the cracks and crevices I have chipped, all the progress I have made, all those fissures have filled up with water in the night and refrozen, becoming once again just more ice. In some cases it seems the seams have somehow become even stronger, harder, more intransigent and resistant to my efforts to break through to the water beneath. I know that there are fish down there. I have seen flashes of them on occasions when I have managed to make the ice thin enough to see to where the sun penetrates into the depths and I know that if I could get through then I might capture one of those fish and make a meal or a trophy or at least I might have a solid, silver moving thing for a moment in my hands, painfully cold but brilliant and gleaming.
Well, it’s a neologism, for one thing. A new word to encompass the concepts of (poem+poet+poems+poets+poetry). Poetics and meta-poetics.
It is also the name of my new blog. A place to share, discuss and perhaps even argue (good-naturedly, of course) about what all these things mean to us.
It’s a work in progress. I’m still feeling my way around. Still figuring things out.
As of now, I will be posting once weekly at least to begin with, sharing quotes from poets and others about what these things mean or meant to them. I am attempting, as means of structuring things, to limit these quotes to only those that contain the words: A poem is…, A poem does…, Poems are…, Poems do…, A poet is…, A poet does…, Poets are…, Poets do…, Poetry is…, Poetry does…
Poemtstry is a way to try and put all of that into one word.
Trust me. It’s easier to read than [poe/m/t(s)try], which is how my brain sees it.
So if you care about poetry, you’ll head strait over to poemtstry.wordpress.com, and see what all the hubbub is about.