gestures rather than signs

I do not know how to make poems, or regard myself as a poet, or find, particularly, poetry in my poems, and am not the first to say so.

I write with transport and for myself,

a) sometimes to liberate myself from an intolerable tension or from a no less painful abandonment.

b) sometimes for a companion whom I imagine…

c) deliberately to shake the congealed and established, to invent.

Readers trouble me. I write, if you like, for the unknown reader.


~ Henri Michaux, quoted in Rene Bertele’s Panorama de la Jeune Poesie


Soon, a piece on Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga, and her fine solo release, Stroke By Stroke, available in July 2011 on Organized Music From Thessaloniki.


Title from Michaux, Stroke By Stroke, 1984

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