Not From Around Now
(Poetry for a Small Choir)
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it's been a
then a long time
still i'm waiting
“Can You Stay Forever?” is one of
the many legs (hopefully the last one) of a journey that began in 1998.
It was then that I decided it was time to write a poetry collection. My
relationship with poetry has always been an off-and-on one. For months, I
would write it daily – then abandon it for a year or two. Because there
is always some other art project I am working on, the temporary separation
never seems to be a problem. And somehow, when an art form feels it is
time to use you as its vehicle, it lets you know.
On a bus ride to work and back,
with San Francisco streets outside offering their wealth of contrasts
complimenting the contrasts inside my brain (and at other odd times and
places throughout the day), the poems willingly manifested themselves.
And a few months later, they became the first edition of “Not
From Around Now (Poetry for a Small Choir)”. The poems refused to
reveal in clear terms what exactly they meant. Some of them offered
retrospective interpretations, numerous enough to doubt that there is any
specific meaning. I’d rather not try to understand my own art. (And
interestingly enough, I have written only 2 or 3 poems since.)
Some time passed, and I began
feeling strangely uncomfortable about a book in which most of the space on
the pages was empty. I felt that there must be something else I could
add. And so the decision came: to create an illustrated edition of “Not
From Around Now”. I bought a digital camera and used the photographs as
building blocks for collages, which in this new addition accompany each
poem. Ironically, this became a much longer project than the poetry
itself. But by the end of 1999, it was done. Some of the original
photography that went into this second edition is found in my online
I thought this was where it ends.
But I was wrong.