in an interview the painter/filmmaker julian schnabel was asked how long it took him to make a painting/drawing. he replied his age plus 5 minutes.
can that be the same for poems too. my hero jose kozer says in a poem that writing it should not take more than 20 minutes.
do we place too much importance on how long a thing is labored over? can a thing of simplicity and direct expression be measured in the same way as a thing of great ornament and artifice.
was it not thom gunn who said, even in bed i pose. knowing full well that the posture of sex is artifice and authentication should a poem not be expressed here now in whatever fashion and style that seems appropriate to its author.
must a poem sing beyond its line or can it stop when the line stops.
these are the questions i ask myself as i face these foreshortened years.