«I think a poem, when it works, is an action of the mind captured on a page, and the reader, when he engages it, has to enter into that action. And so his mind repeats that action and travels again through the action, but it is a movement of yourself through a thought, through an activity of thinking, so by the time you get to the end you’re different than you were at the beginning and you feel that difference.»
The Glass Essay
By Anne Carson
I can hear little clicks inside my dream.
Night drips its silver tap
down the back.
At 4 A.M. I wake. Thinking
of the man who
left in September.
His name was Law.
My face in the bathroom mirror
has white streaks down it.
I rinse the face and return to bed.
Tomorrow I am going to visit my mother. (more here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178364)
The Albertine Workout
Un cygne d’autrefois se souvient que c’est lui
Magnifique mais qui sans espoir se délivre
Pour n’avoir pas chanté la région où vivre
Quand du stérile hiver a resplendi l’ennui
(Mallarmé, ‘Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd’hui’)
a swan of olden times remembers
that it is he:
without hope setting himself free
for he failed to sing
of a region for living
when barren winter
burned all around him with ennui
Anne Carson Biography:http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/anne-carson
Anne Carson’s “Nox.”by Meghan O’Rourke:http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2010/07/12/100712crbo_books_orourke?currentPage=all
Anne Carson, The Art of Poetry. Interviewed by Will Aitken: http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/5420/the-art-of-poetry-no-88-anne-carson
The Inscrutable Brilliance of Anne Carson By SAM ANDERSON: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/magazine/the-inscrutable-brilliance-of-anne-carson.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0