I was invited to contribute a piece on Love to Awkword Paper Cut blog run by Michelle Elvy (it draws in writers from NZ and USA to write on writing). Even though I edited an anthology of love poems (Dear Heart) and I feel I write primarily out of love, I don’t write many love poems. It was a fascinating thing to do– to write the piece.
You can read the three pieces here.
Earlier this year, I read ‘Iambic pentameter
’ by Patricia Sykes, a poem about voice and rebellion and learning to stand on one’s own two feet. In Sykes’ bio, I read of her collaboration with composer Liza Lim, and I was so intrigued by this project that I followed the links to Lim’s webpage and found myself lingering late one night over her piece called ‘Love Letter, 2011’
– inspired and linked in various ways to James Tenney’s ‘Postal Pieces’
. Tenney’s experiment is described as a “meditation on acoustics, form, or hyper-attention to a single performance gesture”. Lim’s ‘Love Letter’
is similarly experimental, something she describes as a mere “prompt, an invitation to the performer to participate in a process of honouring someone (‘their beloved’) [while] all the true work lies with the performer” – something which prompted me to reflect even more on ideas linking passion, voice, heartbeat and distances we traverse both physically and spiritually in the name of love.
– See more at: http://www.awkwordpapercut.com/13/post/2014/04/writers-writing-about-writing-about-love.html#sthash.Nnocbapg.dpuf