“Why do some poets perform as though they had just come to in a bad dream?” Reflecting on the gap between page and stage in American poetry today.
On this night exactly one century ago, three men who would become noted poets of the Great War - Siegfried Sassoon, Osbert Sitwell, and Edward Thomas - happened to attend the same London premier of the Ballets Russes’ La Légende de Josephe at the Royal Theatre.
At twenty you write poetry as if you were a nuclear reactor.
At thirty you write as if you were manning a nuclear reactor.
Now we drive, hermetically sealed in sleek,
engines silent as stealth,
traveling through the world like something preserved
in glass jars,
shutting out the sounds and smells of summer –
the drone of cicadas and lawnmowers,
the musk of new-mown grass.
“The more poems you write, the more beer you get.”