Sunday, May 27, 2007

Something essential...

I got meme-tagged by sam of the ten thousand things... a nice little meme which originated from They Shoot Poets - Don't They?

Here 'tis:

“Give us at least 10 quotations pertaining to poetry - from 10 different writers &/or poets which best coincide with your philosophy vis a vis ars poetica. They can be posthumous or otherwise. The order is not important - unless it is to you.”

Sam rather charitably added the following disclaimer: "If the number ten is too daunting, go for less." Although I've managed to pull ten together from everything I've (n)ever read. And yes, for me the order is important.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear.
- ‘London’, William Blake

The people need poetry that will be their own secret
to keep them awake forever.
- #355 (‘Now I’m in the spider-web of light’), Osip Mandelstam

Reality is not simply there, it must be searched for and won.
- Paul Celan

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
- Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein

each word is a room built around us
- ‘Pitching Woo’, Karen Weiser

The great city has a hundred million rooms so any combination is possible
- ‘Day at a Time’, Michael Dransfield

Money is everywhere, but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.
- Federico Fellini

i had always had mixed feelings
about being considered a poet “if robert lowell is a
poet i dont want to be a poet__if robert frost was a
poet i dont want to be a poet__if socrates was a poet
ill consider it”
- David Antin

If you can do it then why do it?
- Gertrude Stein

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki

And I'm going to tag exoiced (aka Brow of Calm), Yarni, Nathan, EZB and Reyes Cardenas.


  1. cool! I've been tagged, does that mean i'm it?

  2. All signs point to yes...

    (I'm a latecomer to all this meme / tagging biz)

  3. Thanks, this sounds like a fun challenge. It's going to take me a little while to work out but I am definately up for it.

  4. Great list, Stu. Especially go for the Suzuki (great book by the way), the Celan and Mandelstam. Thanks for the post.

  5. Great quotes...especially liked the
    Mandelstam & Fellini quotes that made me do double-take. Thanks.

  6. hey ya stu

    sorry to have missed you at the fest. ourreading went well. i really enjoyed emmett's stuff. first time i've come across it.

    haven't read Dorothy's new one yet. i picked up Jennifer Harrison's Folly and Grief the other day and Jordie Albiston's Vertigo. So have to get thru those first.

    hope you had a good weekend mate. I'm exhausted

    nathan curnow

  7. a meme is good. (learning)

  8. Yes,Stu,I'll play as soon as I recover from this three day weekend I just enjoyed a little too much.

  9. Hey thanks for your comment. What an unusual picture...
    Didn't realize Google had me down as a drug whateveritwas poet!!
    What a coincidence that you're in Australia ... did you see what I put about that? In six months' blogging I'd only come across about TWO Aussie blogs until yesterday... now I've been ploughing through that lady Merle's fat list of links I find there ARE Aussie bloggers ... where've you all been hiding??

    Gledwood "vol 2" ...

  10. Thanks everyone for getting back to me! I've definitely enjoyed following this meme.

    Gledwood: you bet there are Aussie bloggers, although most of the Sydneysiders I know seem to use LiveJournal for some reason.

  11. Livejournal! See I knew it was down to something like that... when I go random bloghopping via Next Blog for instance, I find far more blogs in French than German, loads and loads in Spanish and Portuguese (but far fewer in Italian) and so on... I'm sure this is down to whatever blog host's most popular in whatever country, know what I mean ...

  12. Human body... human soul quote: that's an interesting idea

  13. memes are odd.

    i only kinda found out what they WERE last week ...

  14. I didn't know how memes worked in a blogging context until I was tagged for this one.

    Although it seems they're not everyone's cup of tea. Of the five people I've tagged for this meme, no one has taken the bait (not yet anyway)...