Monday, June 11, 2012

Kay Ryan's wisdom

I love when I read something that is so resonant to me.  This today,  a few minutes ago.  Several places, but this in particular:

 It seems like many people think that if you drive yourself crazy, then you can write. I’m absolutely not interested in that. It made sense to me to be as whole and well as I could be, and as happy. I wanted to see what a fortunate life would produce. What writing would come out of a mind that didn’t try to torment itself? What did I have to know? What did I have to do rather than what can I torment and bend myself into doing? What was the fruit on that tree?
and 
Before electric light, they heated lime, or calcium oxide, to create incandescence for stage lights. In my poem, “Lime Light,” the limelight comes from a bowl of limes. It’s ridiculous, but it’s not nothing, not just a joke. It’s thinking about how limelight doesn’t work very well. You can’t do anything by limelight.
(I did not know that)...and especially

INTERVIEWER
Why do you tend to write short lines?
RYAN
Edges are the most powerful parts of the poem. The more edges you have the more power you have. They make the poem more permeable, more exposed.
I love this idea very much.  I actually think I do line breaks pretty well, at least compared to the other parts of how I write.  I do see them as edges, edges one can fall off of.  I will have to consider it now as a power, rather than a falling off place.  So cool.   Think of them as taking control, and not falling, maybe as jumping...

 Off to google...