"For there are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt — of examining what those ideas feel like being lived on Sunday morning at 7 A.M., after brunch, during wild love, making war, giving birth, mourning our dead — while we suffer the old longings, battle the old warnings and fears of being silent and impotent and alone, while we taste new possibilities and strengths." - Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
I knew I wanted to be where I was, and so for me, my project then was to occupy what was essentially a white- or sometimes black-male aesthetic, with female context and a female body and female objections to those traditions. There’s a way in which my work was always inhabiting and protesting at the same time.
There is a historical affinity between prophecy and poetry. Do you think poetry is a form of prophecy? Do you see yourself as a kind of prophet?
I think language is prophetic. It’s just like the I Ching. It’s just like the horoscope. It’s just like every kind of divination. It becomes a space that’s really alive, and it starts to tell you things. Language is the prophet, and I happen to be a human being who uses language regularly, and so I know stuff because of my practice of drawing my words down.
When I taught at the University of California San Diego, I taught a class called Distributing Literature. I made it into a real workshop—people in the class were asked to invent a new method for getting poetry into the world. Two women in the class took a terrific short lyric poem by Michael McClure. They put the words on refrigerator magnets, and they had a kind of flat palette, and they went around the campus and found people who worked on the campus, in janitorial, in the cafeteria, in tech, everybody other than students and teachers. They said, Would you make a poem out of these words? What they showed was that one perfect little poem contains so many other variations. I found it an unforgettable realization that nothing ever really lands, nothing is ever really fixed. It’s kind of a beautiful accident each time. I feel like that’s the business I’m in, and that’s what excites me about poetry. SRC: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/09/05/trump-is-a-performance-artist-an-interview-with-eileen-myles/