Distance in writing

The words breathed on the page and I lost them. But where were my eyes? Too outside myself, or too deep inside. My voice became ostracised.  For me, the narrative voice and distance of the narrator is one of the most interesting aspects of a poem or novel. A text should be like an entity of…

Sardines to poems – Goldberg, O’Hara and changing meaning

This painting by Modernist Artist, Michael Goldberg inspired one of my favorite modernist poets, Frank O’Hara to write ‘Why I am not a Painter’. The artist started off inspired by some sardines but as the painting changed it came to resemble something entirely different with only the word ‘SARDINES’ remaining. Whilst the resulting poem, is…