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Reccomendation – The Cobweb by Raymond Carver

Monday, October 30th, 2006

The Cobweb

A few minutes ago, I stepped onto the deck
of the house. From there I could see and hear the water,
and everything that’s happened to me all these years.
It was hot and still. The tide was out.
No birds sang. As I leaned against the railing
a cobweb touched my forehead.
It caught in my hair. No one can blame me that I turned
and went inside. There was no wind. The sea
was dead calm. I hung the cobweb from the lampshade.
Where I watch it shudder now and then when my breath
touches it. A fine thread. Intricate.
Before long, before anyone realizes,
I’ll be gone from here.

This has been one of the most rewarding poems to read again and again. I notice more connotations and implications of small details every time I go through it. There really is not a lot of bulk there, but for such a short poem he is able to bring quite a lot across. The terse four and five word sentences are distant almost to the point of abstraction or complete dissasociation – it really paints a bleak picture. Hope you enjoy it…

The Triggering Town

Friday, September 15th, 2006

From the first page of chapter 3, Assumptions.

“…assumptions are necessary elements in a successful base of writing operations. It is important that a poet not question his or her assumptions, at least not in the middle of composition. Finish the poem first, then worry, if you have to, about being right or sane.”

Hugo uses this chapter to show us just how vast our subject matter can be, and thusly how important it is that we pay attention to the subject. The list of assumptions that he “always assumes at least one of” is filled with pairs of opposites or examples that are inverted forms of each other. I found this part of the book very refreshing, almost a relief once I saw how Hugo really viewed the possibilities of form.