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POETRY POEM

Gravity's order
Has the logic of a tombstone:
A restraining decorum
Perfect for the submission of the dead.

I am too serious
To be entirely staid,
Irrevocably somber.
My gravitas rejects
The absolute of gravity.
The lockgrip of rules
Is a portcullis to thoughts.
I want to sally forth
On the thinness of a thread of light
To reshake reality and disorder
The numb anaesthetic of habit.

I want to breach out
Not beyond all borders
But certainly beyond the teacup,
And slap my fingerprints
On the mirror of the sky.

The poem is underwritten by an aesthetic proposition, which is that a legitimate way to engage with the messy and inconsistent nature of reality is to cultivate an art which is open to experimental exploration, and which is not confined too closely by rules of tradition, convention or decorum.

Another idea that underwrites the poem is that a piece of imaginative writing can function as an extension of experience. In this view, the texts of the imagination are extensions of the realms of life rather than zones of encrypted meaning waiting to be deciphered.

And this thought, too, is at work: where the nourishment of the imagination is concerned, a healthy diet does not have to be restricted to tofu, lentils and kidney beans. There's room, too, for sticks of liquorice, the occasional liqueur chocolate, and the irresponsible fizz of sherbet.



This poem POETRY POEM was first published together with the accompanying notes when posted online by Hugh Cook on 2005 May 7 Saturday. Poem and accompanying notes Copyright © 2005 Hugh Cook.

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