“If you asked me to email you a poem, I couldn’t.”
Oh my god. I dream of screenless life, and try to take two weeks for it per year, but it seems a privilege to have started a career before screens were required, and a curse that we must learn to exist peacefully with them now. We millennials are the last generation to have gotten a taste of life before blue light. But this inspires me; suddenly I miss wrist-moving action. Thank you!
Loved this! In 2021, not owning a computer is the ultimate act of erasure.
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Wow. Didn't know about Mary Ruefle. Just ordered Dunce (lucky to live next to a poetry only bookstore (https://twitter.com/index_poetry). btw, also check out Donald Knuth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Knuth) -- very famous mathematical and computer scientist. And guess what? He does not use email also!!
I've only just discovered your newsletter, and it's such a breath (gust) of fresh air. Thank you! I've played around with whiting/blacking out text before, but usually on old tech papers or white papers. The language is so different there—it offers up a really unique voice when trying to come up with a poem.
I love that Ruefle calls her work in books ‘erasures’. I’ve only seen poems like this called blackout poems because the artist/writer fills the page with black and leaving only a few words visible. It almost feels like censorship. Ruefle, by adding white, seems to be liberating the page.
Neil Gaiman writes the first drafts of his books by hand. His second draft is typing the book into his computer.
Wow! And she looks like a real scamp, too.
I so relate to wanting that outfit when it doesn’t work for climate or life. What does it evoke for or resonate in us that we might duplicate in another context? It all comes back to what is being said.